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Boston Public Schools 

A GUIDE FOR 
PARENTS AND 
STUDENTS 



Choosing a school 
in Boston 

How, where and 
when to sign up for 
school 

Important dates 

andphone 

numbers 

Individual school 
information and 
school hours 

Boston Public 
Schools programs 
and policies 

Transportation 
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Maps 

And more! 



INTRODUCING THE 




Introducing the Boston Public Schools 2001 

A Guide for Parents and Students 



A publication of 
The Boston Public Schools 

26 Court Street • Boston MA 02108 

The School Committee of the City of Boston 

Officers • Elizabeth Reilinger, Chairperson • Alfreda Harris, Vice Chairperson 

Members • Angel M. Amy Moreno • Robert R Gittens • Susan Naimark 

Marchelle Raynor • William Spring 

Superintendent 

Thomas W. Payzant 

This guide is intended as a general introduction to the Boston Public Schools. It is not a comprehensive policy 

manual. Some of the information in this guide may have changed since publication. For further information, 

call any Parent Information Center, listed on the back cover. 

Produced by the BPS Office of Communications, with assistance from the Department of Implementation and 
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JANUARY 2001 



Cover photos by Mike Sleeper, courtesy of the 

Boston Plan for Excellence-Boston Annenberg Challenge. 





ESSAGE T O FAMiUES^i 



Thomas W. Payzant, 
Superintendent of Schools 



OUR MISSION 

We welcome the children 

of this city into the Boston 

Public Schools, where 

effective teaching and 

learning prepare all of our 

students to achieve at high 

levels, and where the entire 

community works together 

to focus on children. 



WELCOME TO THE BosTON PuBLic SCHOOLS. To the thousands 
of families who will be visiting our schools this winter 
and choosing new schools for their children, I'd like to 
take this opportunity to tell you about change and continuity in our 
schools: what is new and what is not new. 



In 1998, the Boston School Committee 
adopted a new student Promotion Policy 
— the first since 1983 — to be sure that 
students and teachers meet today's high 
standards. The policy set rigorous 
requirements for student promotion from 
grade to grade and for graduation. Strict 
student attendance requirements are part 
of the Promotion Policy. We look 
forward to working with parents to see 
that their students are in school every day 
and are completing homework assign- 
ments after school. 

What are we doing to make sure 
students meet the requirements of our 
Promotion Policy — and the high-stakes 
MCAS state tests? 

All our schools are using the resources 
of Boston's Annenberg Challenge grant 
to teach students to read and write well. 
This year, we also launched an aggres- 
sive effort to improve math instruction 
and results. 

For students who need extra help in 
reading or math, we're providing more 
support during the school day, after 
school, and during the summer months. 
In key grades, we've added teachers to 
our reading and math classes to work 
more closely with students. We've 
provided students with more time on 
reading and math during the school day, 
and after-school tutoring if they need it. 
We've also established an intensive 
summer program in reading and math. 

We are striving to equip our schools 
and our students with the tools they need 
to meet today's standards and your high 
expectations. We are making good 
progress toward meeting the ambitious 
goals of our five-year reform plan, Focus 
on Children. 



Choosing a school is a personal 
decision. We've expanded this publica- 
tion to try to answer your questions on a 
range of factors, including after-school 
programs, student achievement, uniform 
policies, etc. But to get a real sense of 
our schools, it's important to visit them. 

And what improvements will>'OM see 
and experience? 

>■ Under our new teachers ' contract, 
you will have more opportunities to meet 
with your child's teachers. 

>• Inside our classrooms, you'll find 
over $11 million in new textbooks in 
every subject - English/Language Arts, 
Math, Science, History/Social Studies 
and World Languages. 

>■ We're on track to meet our 
objective of one computer for every four 
stiidentsby2001. 

>■ We're continuing to reduce class 
sizes — ^at all grade levels. 

>■ High school students can now 
choose from more Advanced Placement 
classes to explore certain subjects more 
fijlly and prepare for college-level 
courses. 

>■ We offer full-day kindergarten for 
all five-year-olds to provide more 
learning time every day. And we 
guarantee that kindergarten students can 
remain in their school for first grade and 
beyond. 

So what isn 't new? The answer is 
simple. Since I came to Boston as 
superintendent in 1995, our schools have 
had the same all-important goal: to 
improve teaching and learning fi)r each 
and every student We look forward to 
working with you to reach that goal. 
Thank you for choosing the Boston 
Public Schools. 



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Superintendent of Schools 




INTRODUCING THE 



Boston Public Schools 



A GUrOE FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS 



Boston Public Schools 



INSIDE.. 



* How will you decide which school is best for your 
chUd? 3 

* Map of Boston's School Assignment Zones 3 

* Signing Up for School 4 

Who needs to apply 4 

Where to get an application 4 

What to bring when you apply 4 

When to apply 4 

Age requirements to register for school 4 

Completing the application 5 

Want a better chance of getting your 

first choice? 5 

hnmunizations 5 

How does the Boston Public Schools assign 

students? 5 

Sibling preference 5 

Walk zone preference 5 

Random numbers 5 

If you don't get your first choice 6 

Waiting lists 6 

Administrative assignments 6 

Transfers 6 

If you move 6 

If you become homeless 6 

Expulsion 6 

* Transportation 6 



Altemative transportation 

For help with transportation 

questions 

Boston Public Schools Programs 

Kindergarten 

Bilingual education 

Special education 

Advanced Work Class 



High school programs 9 

Technical/vocational education 9 

School-to-Career 9 

The examination schools 9 

* More About Our Schools 9 

Parent involvement 9 

Services for students 9 

School uniforms 10 

Attendance policy 10 

* Resources for Parents 10 

* Individual School Profiles 1 1 

Citywide Elementary & Middle Schools 11 

Citywide Schools at a Glance 11 

East Zone Elementary Schools 12 

East Zone Schools at a Glance 14 

East Zone Map 15 

East Zone Middle Schools 20 

North Zone Elementary Schools 22 

North Zone Schools at a Glance 24 

North Zone Map 25 

North Zone Middle Schools 30 

West Zone Elementary Schools 32 

West Zone Schools at a Glance 33 

West Zone Map 35 

West Zone Middle Schools 39 

Citywide High Schools 40 

High Schools at a Glance 42 

High Schools with Special Admissions 45 

Special Education Schools 48 

* 2001-2002 School Hours Inside back cover 

* Parent Information Centers Back cover 

* How to Register and Apply for 

School (Summary) Back cover 




HE BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS offer a variety of academic, social, and 
cultural experiences that Is hard to match anywhere — and each of our 131 schools is 
different. That's why we think the more school choices you have, the better. When you 
register your child for school, you may choose from more than twenty elementary schools 
and at least five middle schools in your assignment area, plus several citywide schools. 
High school students may choose from among twelve citywide high schools. In addition, 
high school students may apply for the three "exam" schools as well as eight other schools 
with special application requirements. 



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How will you decide which 
school is best for your child? 

This Guide is a good place to start. It will 
answer many of your questions and 
introduce you to each of our schools. 

Our three Parent Information Centers and 
the Multilingual Communication & 
Placement Center can really help, too. 
Staff can explain what each school 
offers, what your options are, and how to 
apply. They also have information about: 

• Waiting lists and transfers, if you want 
to change schools 

• Bilingual and special education 



services 

• Programs for high achievers 

• Before and after school programs 

• Summer programs 

• Parent education 

• Community resources 

• ...and much more! 

Our Parent Centers are listed on the back 
cover. Call or drop by. 

We encourage you to visit our schools 
and talk to relatives, friends and neigh- 
bors whose children attend schools you 
are considering. All schools are open to 
visitors during regular school hours. If 



you want to visit classrooms and speak to 
the principal and staff, we recommend 
calling ahead for an appointment. 

Ask the principal and teachers about: 

• The school's philosophy and expecta- 
tions for every student 

• Student achievement, measured by 
test scores and performance on 
projects and written assignments 

• The school's plans to help students 
achieve at higher levels 

• The curriculum: what will your child 
learn in every subject? 

• Resources that support active learning, 



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including the library and technology 

• Teaching styles to niatch your child's 
learning style 

• Before and after school programs 
serving the school and neighborhood 

• Opportunities for art, music, and 
physical exercise 

• School uniforms and dress codes, now 
in most of our schools. 



Signing Up for 
Scliooi 

Under Boston's student assignment plan, 
the city is divided into three geographic 
"zones" — East, West, and North — for 
elementary and middle schools. Students 
may apply for schools in the zone in 
which they live. There are also several 
citywide schools open to all students: see 
pages 11-12 of this booklet. All high 
schools are citywide. 

You do need to apply for 
school if... 

^ Your child will go to kindergarten, 
grade 6, or grade 9 — ^the "transition 
grades" — in September 2001 . There 
are a few exceptions: 

• Students enrolled in the S. Green- 
wood, Hernandez, Lyndon, Lyon, 
McKay (except bilingual classes). 
Mission Hill, Quincy, Tobin (except 
bilingual classes) and Young 
Achievers schools do not need to 
reapply for grade 6 (unless they 
want to change schools). 

• Students enrolled in the exam 
schools do not need to reapply for 
grade 9. 

^ Your child is now in grade 1 at an 
Early Education Center or Early 
Learning Center. 



• Your child is in kindergarten-grade 8 
and you move to a different zone. 
However, your child may stay in the 
same school if you agree to provide 
transportation. 

• Your child is in a special program and 
must go to a different school for a 
new program. 

• You want to transfer your child to 
another school. 

• Your child doesn't attend the Boston 
Public Schools now. 

NOTE: Kindergarten 2 (K2) students are 
guaranteed a grade 1 seat in the same 
school. They do not need to reapply 
unless they are requesting a transfer. 

According to state law, each child 
must attend school beginning in 
September of the calendar year in 
which the child turns six years old. 
Failure to send a child to school could 
result in legal action against the parent 
[Dept of Education Regulation 603 
CMR 8.02(1)] 



Age Requirements to 
I Register for School 

\ Grade 1 ... 6 years old on or before 
I September I, 2001 

f K2 5 years old on or before 

t September 1, 2001 

Kl 4 years old on or before 

September 1,2001 
(limited enrollment) 
- We are soriy, but there are no 

exceptions to these requirements, 

including the child's previous school 

experience. 

Maximum Age Assignments 

, Students age 20-22 as of the first day 
= of the school year will be assigned to 
the Boston AduU Technical Academy 
/ (see page 44). This applies to new, re- 
enrolling, and currently assigned 
students. However, students may 
appeal to the headmaster if they want 
to stay in their current high school. 



You don't need to apply for 
school if... 

^ Your child attends the Boston Public 
Schools now and will be in kindergar- 
ten, grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, or 
12 next year. Your child will automati- 
cally be assigned to his or her current 
school. 

Where to get an application 

Students who are currently enrolled in 
the Boston Public Schools will get their 
applications from their school. 

Parents of new-to-Boston students must 
visit one of our Parent hiformation 
Centers or the Multilingual Communica- 
tion & Placement Center. See the back 
page for locations. 

When to apply 

■k Kindergarten and Grades 1 , 6 and 9 
Initial Application Period and 
Transfer Requests: 
January 8-February 2, 2001 

Late Applications: 
February 5-March 9, 2001 

• Grades 2-5, 7-8 and 10-12 

Transfer Requests and 
New Registration: 
February 5-March 9, 2001 

If your child is new to the Boston Public 
Schools, you will receive a notice of your 
child's assignment by mail. Children who 
go to a Boston public school now will 
receive their notice of assignment from 
the school. 

What to bring when you apply 

You will need to bring: 

• Two recent preprinted proofs of 
address, such as a utility bill, bank 
statement, or Boston Housing 
Authority lease. The BPS doesn't 
accept personal mail or rent receipts. 
If you don't have proofs of yo\jr 
address, tell the Parent Information 
Center staff. When school is in 
session, an attendance supervisor may 
be able to visit your home to verify 
your address. 



GENERAL INFORMATION 



• An original birth certificate or 
passport for children registering for 
kindergarten or grade 1 . 

• Up-to-date immunization records. 

Completing the application 

The application form lists all the schools 
you may choose. You must choose at 
least three schools; but you may choose 
as many additional schools as you wish. 
Be sure to number your choices in order 
of your preference. Also be sure to ask 
Parent Center staff about high schools 
not listed on the application that have 
special admission procedures (see pages 
45-47). 



HELPFUL HINTS 

ir Remember that seats are very limited 
in some programs: KO, Kl, and 
grade 6 in K-8 schools. 

* Keep your copy of the school 
application form or transfer request 
in a safe place. 

* Write down the name of everyone 
who helps or advises you and the 
date you talked with them. 



Want a better chance of getting 
your "first choice" school? 

* Apply by your first deadline — 

February 2 for the transition grades, and 
March 9 for all other grades. You are 
much more likely to get one of your 
choices if you apply any time within 
your first application period. All applica- 
tions received within each period are 
processed together, not in the order we 
receive them. 

What if you miss the February 2 deadline 
and the March 9 deadline? You may go 
to a Parent Information Center any time 
during the year to register for school or to 
request a transfer, but your choices will 
be more limited the longer you wait. 
Many popular schools are full after the 
first assignment period. 



* Make at least three choices. Students 
applying for kindergarten-grade 12 must 
list at least three choices on the applica- 
tion. 

Your child must be immunized! 

According to state law, your child must 
be on an immunization schedule before 
registering for school. You must submit a 
doctor's record stating your child has 
been immunized against diptheria, 
pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus, 
poliomyelitis, measles, German measles 
(rubella), mumps, and hepatitis B. We 
also require varicella (chickenpox) 
immunization, or documentation that 
your child has had chickenpox. The 
record must include the day, month and 
year when the immunizations were 
given. In addition, we strongly recom- 
mend that your child have a Tuberculosis 
Risk Assessment. 

Please give a copy of the immunization 
record to the nurse at your child's school. 
If you need a copy of the immunization 
record or have questions, contact your 
doctor or health center. If you don't have 
a doctor or health center, call the Mayor's 
Health Line, 800-847-0710. If you have 
not had your child immunized for health 
reasons or because of religious beliefs, 
bring a signed statement to that effect 
when you register for school. 

During the fu-st week of school, the 
school nurse will request results of a 
recent physical exam (within the past 
year) for each student, signed by a doctor 
or health center. She will also review 
your child's record for health issues and 
medication needs. Please provide as 
much information as possible. Allow 
three weeks for your doctor or health 
center to copy records. 

How do the Boston Public 
Schools assign students? 

Assignments are made by computer. The 
computer knows how many seats are 
available in each grade in each school 
and tries to assign each student to his or 
her first choice school. 



Sometimes a school doesn't have room 
for every student who lists it as the first 
choice. When this happens, the computer 
assigns students based on certain 
"preferences": 

• SIBLING PREFERENCE. We try 

to assign children in the same family to 
the same school if the parent requests it. 
If you want your children to go to the 
same school, ask the Parent Information 
Center staff how to apply for "sibling 
preference." But sometimes a school 
doesn't have room for all the siblings 
who apply for it; so we can't guarantee 
sibling assignments. 

IMPORTANT: Be sure to ask for 
sibling preference the first time you 
apply! 

* WALK ZONE PREFERENCE. 

Within the first application period 
(January 8-February 2), 50% (one-half) 
of each school's seats are set aside for 
applicants with "walk zone preference." 
Students have walk zone preference if 
they live: 

• within 1 mile from elementary school 

• within 1.5 miles from middle school 

• within 2 miles fi^om high school. 

After walk zone seats are assigned, 
students who don't have any school in 
their geographic walk zone will have 
priority for assignment to their first and 
second choice schools. All remaining 
available seats will be assigned by 
random number, without regard to walk 
zone preference. 

There is no priority for either "walk 
zone" or "no walk zone" applications 
submitted after February 2. 

There is no "walk zone" preference for 
citywide elementary and middle schools 
(except for Mission Hill School). 

• RANDOM NUMBERS. The 

computer gives each application a 
"random number." How is it used? 
Imagine that each application has a 
"weight." An application with sibling 
preference "weighs" more than one with 
walk zone preference; one with sibling 



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and walk zone preference "weighs" more 
than one with only sibling preference. 
Students with the "heaviest" applications 
are assigned first. When two applications 
"weigh" the same and the school has 
only one seat, the computer assigns the 
student by random number. 

If you don't get your first 
choice school 

The computer will try to assign your 
child to one of the other choices you 
listed. It will also place your child on 
waiting lists. 

• WAITING LISTS 

• Students who get their second choice 
go on the waiting list for their first 
choice. 

• Students who don't get their first or 
second choice go on waiting lists for 
both choices. 

• Students applying for grades 1-12 
who don't get any of their choices go 
on waiting lists for up to three choices. 

• Students applying for kindergarten go 
on waiting lists for up to two schools. 

• Yovir child's place on the waitmg list 
is based on sibling preference, the date 
you applied, and random number. 

• Once the new school year begins, 
students stay on our waiting lists only 
if they attend a Boston public school. 

• All waiting lists for the 200 1 -2002 
school year expire at the end of 
January, 2002. 

You can find out your child's place on a 
school's waiting list by calling any 
Parent Information Center at the end of 
each application period. In August and 
September, you can also call the School 
Hotline, 635-9046. 



• ADMINISTRATIVE 

ASSIGNMENTS. State law says 
each child must attend school beginning 
in September of the calendar year in 
which the child turns six years old. If you 
don't receive one of your school choices, 
or if you don't return an application for a 
student age six and older starting a 
"transition grade" (kindergarten and 
grades 6 and 9), we will assign the 
student to the school closest to home that 
has a seat. 

If your child will be under age six 
through December 31, 2001, we will not 
assign your child to a school you did not 
choose. 

Transfers 

If you want to change schools, you can 
apply for a transfer during the "transfer" 
period, February 5-March 9, 2001. 

Transfer requests received fi-om March 
12-September 30 will be processed on an 
ongoing basis. Requests received after 
September 30 will be collected and 
processed in early November and late 
January. We can 't guarantee your transfer 
request will be approved. 

The BPS has new limits on how often 
students can transfer to a different school: 

• Elementary School Students may 
transfer once per year in kindergarten- 
grade 5. 

• Middle School Students may transfer 
only once in grades 6-8. 

• High School Students may transfer 
only once in grades 9-12. 

• Disciplinary Transfers. Students in 
grades 6-12 who are transferred for 
disciplinary reasons will be assigned to 
an alternative program, not to another 
"regular" school. 

Expulsion 

Students who have been expelled from 
other school districts for possession of a 
dangerous weapon, controlled substance, 
assault on school staff, or conviction of a 
felony may not enroll in the Boston 
Public Schools. If the BPS fmds out that a 
student has been expelled from his or her 



previous school for any of these reasons, 
that student will be discharged from the 
Boston Public Schools. [M.G.L. c.71, 
S.37H, S.37H 72] 

If you move 

• Bring two proofs of your new address 
to any Parent Information Center right 
away. If you don't have proof of your 
new address, call the Parent Center for 
advice. During the school year, we 
may be able to send an attendance 
officer to your home to verify the 
address. 

• We can't change your bus stop until 
we know your new address. 

• If you move to a different zone, your 
child may have to change schools. 
However, your child may be able to 
stay in his or her current school if you 
agree to provide transportation. 

• Remember to give the school princi- 
pal your new address and phone 
number. 

If you become homeless 

If you have to move to a shelter or any 
other temporary living situation, your 
child has the right to stay at the last 
school attended through the end of the 
school year or to enroll in a school 
within the new zone, town or city where 
you live temporarily. If you become 
homeless during the summer and have to 
move, your child can return to the school 
that he or she attended when the last 
school year ended. However, we may not 
be able to provide transportation in all 
situations. For more help, call the 
Homeless Student Initiative, 635-8037. 

Transportation 

About one-third of our 63,500 students 
walk to school, and the rest go by school 
bus or MBTA. Who is eligible for 
transportation? 

• Students who live a mile or more from 
their kindergarten and elementary 
school 

• Students who live one and a half miles 
or more from their middle school 



• Students who live two miles or more 
from their high school. 

Most students who take a school bus are 
picked up and dropped off at a comer 
near their home. Eligible high school 
students and some middle school 
students get a T pass or a combination of 
T pass and yellow bus service. 

When your child is assigned to school, 
we will tell you if your child is eligible 
for transportation. In mid-August, we 
will mail you information about your 
child's bus stop, bus number, and 
schedule. 

Children with disabilities may receive 
regular comer-to-comer service, MBTA 
service, or door-to-door service, as 
required in their Individualized Educa- 
tion Plan (lEP). 

Some students with severe medical or 
physical conditions which prevent them 
from walking to school may receive 
transportation. We decide if a student is 
eligible for transporation after 
reviewing documents from the 
student's doctor as well as input from 
school staff. The school nurse will 
discuss with your child's doctor the 
appropriate accommodations to meet 
your child's needs. During the summer, 
call our Medical Services Office, 635- 
8030. 

We cannot make special transportation 
arrangements for children whose parent 
or guardian is disabled — but we may be 
able to assign a comer stop closer to 
home. 

Alternative Transportation 

You can request "alternative transporta- 
tion" to or from a bus stop other than 
your neighborhood stop (such as a day 
care provider's house or after school 
program). Students who are not eligible 
for transportation to and from home may 
also request this service. But there are 
restrictions: 

• The stop you request must be on an 
existing bus route to or from the 
school. 

• There must be room on the bus. 



• We do not provide door-to-door 
service unless it is required in an lEP. 

For a Fact Sheet and application for 
alternative transportation, ask the 
principal or visit any Parent Infomnation 
Center. We send the Fact Sheet to parents 
of all currently enrolled students in May. 

IMPORTANT: Please do not apply for 
alternative transportation in order to 
change the bus stop if you have moved 
or are requesting a closer stop. When you 
notify us of your new address, we will 
automatically give your child a new bus 
stop near your new home if you are still 
eligible for transportation. 

If you return a complete application for 
alternative transportation by the end of 
the school year, and if the stop is 
approved, your child's alternative stop 
will be active by the first day of school. 
If you wait until the start of the school 
year, your request may take several 
weeks. 

Please remember, we can 't guarantee 
that your child will get the alternative 
stop you request. 



HELPFUL HINTS 

• If you think your child's bus stop is 
too far from home or is dangerous, 
you may be able to change it. But 
remember, students may be required 
to walk several blocks to their bus 
stop. 

• Ifwesayyourchildlives within the 
required distance to the school and 
you disagree, you can ask us to 
measure the distance from your 
house to the school. 



For help with transportation 
questions 

Year round 635-9520 

BPS Hot Line 

(mid-August through 

mid-September) 635-9046 



Boston Public 

Schools 

Programs 

FIrom the first year of kindergarten 
through the last year of high 
school, we are expecting more 
from all our students in all subject areas. 
Every school is implementing a strict 
Promotion Policy that requires students 
to complete — and pass — specific courses 
and tests. 

While high standards are the rule in all 
schools, each school offers unique 
programs, themes, and approaches to 
learning. As you choose next year's 
school, think about what you want for 
your child a few years down the road: 

Is learning in two languages important to 
you? We have several schools where all 
students take classes in English and 
Spanish. Will you encourage him or her 
to apply for one of our competitive 
"exam" schools? All middle schools 
offer preparation for the entrance test. Is 
your child a budding artist or performer? 
Our Boston Arts Academy may be just 
the right high school — and you'll find 
good training in several elementary and 
middle schools that offer exceptional arts 
programs. Even if high school, college 
and career seem far away, it's never too 
early to start planning. 

Kindergarten 

We offer several options to get beginning 
students off to a good start: 

* Kindergarten 2. Our goal is to offer 
the best possible preparation for children 
entering grade 1 . To meet this goal, we 
provide a full-day, six-hour "K2" 
program for 5-year-olds in all elementary 
schools. We guarantee a school assign- 
ment to all children who apply for fiill- 
day K2 — but we can't guarantee an 
assignment to a school you choose. 




• Kindergarten for younger students. 

We have a very limited number of 
openings in "KO" for children who turn 3 
years old by September 1, 2001, and in 
"Kl" for those who turn 4 years old by 
that same date. We regret that we cannot 
guarantee an assignment to these 
programs. 

• Early Learning Centers. The three 
ELCs offer full-day KO (North Zone 
only), Kl, K2 and grade 1, plus before 
and after school care, all free. There is 
one in each zone. Seats are limited and 
waiting lists are long for these populcir 
programs. 

• Early Education Centers. The three 
EECs offer a ftill school day plus free 
before and after school care for KO-grade 
1, with special education services and 
language support services for students 
whose first language is not English. 
There is one EEC in each zone. All are 
housed in new, state-of-the-art buildings. 

"Countdown to Kindergarten" 

This new partnership between the BPS, 
City of Boston, and many community 
partners is working to provide a positive 
fransition into BPS kindergarten for 
students and their families. Pick up a 
copy of their informative booklet, 
"Countdown to Kindergarten," available 
in 7 languages, at any Parent Information 
Center, or call 635-9660. 

Important Kindergarten Notes: 

• All regular education kindergarten 
students are guaranteed a seat through 
the highest grade of their kindergarten 
school, following the guidelines of our 
student assignment plan. 

• We're sorry, but we can't make 
exceptions to our entry age guidelines, 
regardless of your child's previous school 
experience. 



* State law says each child must attend 
school beginning in September of the 
calendar year in which the child turns six 
years old. If your child turns 6 from 
September 2-December 3 1, we will 
assign him or her to K2. 

* If you need a program for your 3 or 
4-year-old, we strongly urge you to 
check out Head Start, Child Care 
Choices (phone numbers on page 10) and 
other preschool options. 

Bilingual Education and 
Language Services 

® 635-9435 • General Information 
® 635-6547 • Testing & Placement 

We offer transitional bilingual classes in 
seven languages: Chinese (Mandarin), 
Cape Verdean creole, Haitian creole, 
Portuguese, Somali, Spanish, and 
Vietnamese. While in this program, 
students are taught academic subjects in 
the native language and learn English. 

For students whose first language is less 
common in our schools — such as 
Armenian or Arabic — ^we offer English 
as a Second Language in multilingual 
classes in five schools: Hamilton 
Elementary, Hennigan Elementary, 
Irving Middle, Boston High School, and 
English High School. 

We also offer a specially designed 
program for students between the ages of 
9 and 21 who have not been in school or 
have had only limited schooling in their 
country of origin. 

Your first step is to visit the Multilingual 
Communication & Placement Center, 
635-6547, in the Madison Park Complex, 
55 New Dudley St./Malcohn X Blvd., 
Roxbury (near the Roxbury Crossing 
MBTA station). Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 
Mon.-Fri. on school days; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 
during the summer and school vacations. 
Please arrive at least one hour before 
closing time so your child will be 
properly tested by the multilingual staff. 
They will describe all programs and 
schools available for your child. 



Special Education 

® 635-8599 

We offer a wide variety of special 
education services for students who have 
a disability or a combination of disabili- 
ties that make learning difficult. These 
services including specialized instruc- 
tion, speech and language therapy, 
physical therapy, vision resources, and 
more. Many schools use "inclusionary" 
practices so students with disabilities can 
receive services in the regular education 
classroom. 

If you think your child has a disability, 
contact the principal or Evaluation Team 
Facilitator (ETF) at the Boston public 
school he or she attends. If your child 
does not attend a Boston pubHc school, 
contact any Parent Information Center 
listed on the back cover, or call our 
Special Education specialists at the 
number listed above. 

Advanced Work Class (AWC) 

® 635-9450 • Testing 
® 635-9514 • Placement 
® 635-9202 • Curriculum 

Advanced Work Class (AWC) is a fiiU- 
day program for eligible students in 
grades 4, 5 and 6. AWC includes the 
same topics as the regular education 
program. However, the topics are studied 
in depth, coursework is challenging and 
accelerated, and students generally are 
expected to do more schoolwork and 
homework. In addition, students receive 
instruction in a world language. 

Eligibility is based on results of a test 
given in the fall of grades 3, 4 and 5. All 
fifth graders, even those now in AWC, 
must take the test to be invited to grade 6 
AWC. 

AWC is located in 15 elementary schools 
and 12 middle schools throughout the 
Boston Public Schools. The A+ Saturday 
Academy and A+ Summer Academy 
support students in the AWC program. 

If your child is eligible for AWC, you 
may choose from a combination of AWC 
and regular programs Usted on the 



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GENERAl INFORMATION 



application. There is no longer a separate 
application for AWC. Elementary 
students who do not receive any of their 
choices may remain in the school to 
which they are currently assigned. 



High School 
Programs 



Our high schools each offer classes in the 
basic subjects (language arts, math, 
science and social studies), plus special 
classes and programs — during and after 
school — ^that make each school unique. 
You'll fmd school-to-career, health 
careers, visual and performing arts, 
banking and finance, travel and tourism, 
agribusiness, and other specialties. We 
also have programs for older students, 
students who want to return for their 
diploma, at-risk students, students who 
want to go to school at night, students 
who are parents, and students who want 
to sample the college experience while 
still in high school. 

Technical/Vocational Education 

® 635-8079 

We offer comprehensive instruction in 
technical and vocational education in two 
high schools. Madison Park Technical 
Vocational High School houses 27 
vocational programs within its three 
career academies. West Roxbury High 
School has two programs. Most of these 
vocational programs are approved by the 
State under Chapter 74. 

Technical/vocational education provides 
an opportunity for students to learn a 
skill, develop an academic foundation for 
continued post-secondary study, and 
build a career while they earn a high 
school diploma. Madison Park and West 
Roxbury offer comprehensive academic 
instruction, along with bilingual and 
special education programs. Special job 
placement services are provided to 
graduating seniors who want to work. 
For 9th graders, Madison Park has a full- 
year exploratory program that allows 
students to assess their vocational 



interests and aptitudes and to gain 
exposure to the wide array of vocational 
programs in the Boston Public Schools. 
In addition to its vocational programs, 
Madison Park also houses the Roland 
Hayes Division of Music, where students 
can concentrate on vocal or instrumental 
music. 

School-to-Career 

® 635-8079 

Through the School-to-Career approach, 
the classroom extends to the workplace 
and the community during the school 
day. In most of our high schools, and 
even some middle schools, students can 
explore possible careers and learn 
practical skills in, for example, a 
hospital, bank or TV studio as they 
improve their academic skills. For many 
students, experiencing the connection 
between school and the "real world" is 
the key to academic success. 

The Examination Scliools 

® 635-9514 

We have three "examination schools" for 
grades 7-12 that admit students on a 
competitive basis. They are: Boston 
Latin Academy in Dorchester, Boston 
Latin School in the Longwood hospital 
area, and O' Bryant School of Mathemat- 
ics & Science in the Madison Park 
complex, Roxbury. All three schools 
accept new students for grades 7 and 9. 
O' Bryant also accepts new students for 
grade 10. 

Students are admitted to the exam 
schools based on results of an entrance 
test and grade point average. Each 
accounts for 50% of a student's score. 
The grade point average is based on final 
marks in English and math from the 
previous school year and the first two 
marking periods of the current year. 

Test registration materials for students 
applying for the 2002-2003 school year 
will be available in early September 2001 
in all our middle schools and high 
schools. Parent Information Centers, 
branch libraries, and Boys & Girls Clubs. 



IVIore About Our 
Schools 

Family involvement 

® 635-9660 

The Boston Public Schools recognize 
that a child's education is a responsibility 
shared by the family, school and commu- 
nity. We welcome the involvement of 
families in their children's education. 
When parents and schools work together, 
it increases student achievement and 
builds positive attitudes about school. To 
support strong home/school partnerships, 
parents, teachers and principals devel- 
oped the BPS Parent/Family Involve- 
ment Policy. To receive a copy, call your 
school or the Parent Support Services 
Team, 635-9660. 

There are many ways you can participate 
in your child's education. At home, you 
can read to him or her, see that home- 
work is done, ask what he or she learned 
today, and limit TV time (and know what 
your child is watching!). At school, you 
can attend special events and parent/ 
teacher conferences, volunteer in the 
classroom, and join the School Parent 
Council or the School Site Council. 

There are also citywide groups for 
parents who speak different languages, 
whose children receive extra help in 
reading and math from Title I, and who 
have children with disabilities. See page 
10 for their phone numbers. 

Services for Students 

® 635-8030 

Our schools offer a wide range of support 
services for students of all ages, includ- 
ing health services and education, 
counseling, guidance services for 
students applying for college and career 
training, crisis services, substance abuse 
and violence prevention programs, peer 
mediation training, a citywide Student 
Advisory Council, and much more. All 



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come under the "umbrella" of the 
Unified Student Services Team, 
635-8030. 

School Uniforms 

There is no required school uniform 
for all the Boston Public Schools. But 
every spring, each school's School 
Site Council must decide if their 
school will have a uniform or special 
dress code for the following school 
year. 

The Council may decide to have a 
mandatory uniform which all students 
are expected to wear, a voluntary 
uniform, or no uniform. The Council 
also decides what that uniform will 
be. Most of our elementary schools 
and many middle schools now have a 
uniform. Call the schools directly for 
more information. 



Attendance Policy 

If a student doesn't report to school 
for the first five school days of the 
school year, or five school days after 
being assigned to school, we will call 
and write to the parent or guardian. If 
after another three school days the 
student still hasn't reported to school 
or the parent hasn't notified the school 
of a problem, the student will lose his 
or her assignment at that school, and 
we will notify the attendance officer. 

Children who have more than 12 
unexcused absences during the school 
year may not be promoted to the next 
grade — so be sure your child goes to 
school every day unless he or she is 
ill. Good attendance is one of the most 
important ingredients for school 
success. * 



BOSTON SCHOOL DEPARTMENT 
http://www.bostonpubiicschools.org 

Main Number/All Departments 617-635-9000 

Adult Education 635-9827 

Bilingual Department 635-9435 

Citywide Parents Council (CPC) 635-9210 

Health and Medical Services 635-8030 

Master Parent Advisory Council (Bilingual) .. 635-8339 
Multilingual Communication & Placement .... 635-6547 

Parent Information Centers See back cover 

Parent Support Services 635-9660 

School Committee 635-9014 

School Hot Line (August and September) ... 635-9046 

Special Education 635-8599 

Special Needs Parent Advisory Council. ...... 635-7810 

Title I Parent Resource Center 635-7750 

Unified Student Services 635-8030 

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS AND SERVICES 

Action for Boston Community 

Development (ABCD) 357-6000 

GED, high school diploma, jobs programs 
Boston Community Centers 635-4920 

Youth programs, adult education, 

recreation, GED 
Boston Parent Organizing Network 373-5922 

Parent organizing and training for school 

improvement 
Boston Partners in Education 451-6145 

School volunteers, parent training 
Boston Plan for Excellence 227-8055 

Publications, support for school change 
Boston Public Library/Copley Square 

Central Library 536-5400 ext. 334 

Child Care Choices of Boston 542-KIDS ext. 641 

Information about licensed day care 

centers and providers, operating 

Monday-Friday, 9 AM to 2 PM 
EDCO Youth Alternative 262-9562 

High school diploma and school-to- 
career for qualified out-of-school youth 
Federation for Children with Special Needs . 482-2915 

Advocacy, information and training 
Higher Education Information Center 536-0200 

Free infonnation about higher education, 

financial aid, careers 
Latino Parents Association 983-5529 

Support for Latino families 
Mayor's Health Line 800-847-0710 

Information on immunizations & more 
Parents United for Child Care 426-8288 

Information about before and 

after school programs 



HEAD START 
PRESCHOOLS 
General Information 

©357-6000 ext 13 
For low income families, 
accepting children ages 3-4 
(some younger). 

Atlston/Brighton .... 783-1235 
Charlestown/JFK .. 241-7017 
Chinese 

Church 482-3087 

CtayboumeSt 288-2700 

Dimock/ABCD 442-2360 

Dorchester 282-1100 

East Boston 567-8855 

Gertrude Townsend 

(Geneva Ave.) 288-9151 

ABCD Early Head Start 

(Geneva Ave.) 288-5580 

Jamaica Plain 522-5533 

Mattapan 298-1785 

Native American 

Community 232-8534 

North End.. ..367-0532 

Parker Hill/ 

Fenway 426-2855 

St. James 445-8843 

South Boston 269-5160 

South End 426-2855 

South Side (Hyde 
Park/Roslindale/ 

WestRoxbury) 327-1152 

Walnut Grove 445-8202 

MASSACHUSETTS DEPT 
OF EDUCATION 
€) 781-388-3300 
www.dloe.mass.edu 

Parent information Line 
© 800-297-0002 
Call to request up to ten 
school profiles, or visit the 
DOE Web site. 

Charter School Office 
© 617-727-0075 
Information about public 
schools open to Boston 
residents that are not part of 
the Boston Public Schools. 



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CiTYWIDE ELEMeHTARy& MIDDLE SCHOOLS | 



Citywide 
Elementary 
& Middle 
Schools 



These five schools are open to students in 
all Boston neighborhoods. However, the 
number of available seats in the non-entry 
grades is usually very small. Please contact 
any Parent Information Center for more 
information. 

TEST RESULTS 

Following each school's "special features," 
you will find 1999 and 2000 schoolwide 
results for the Stanford 9 and Mass. 
Comprehensive Assessment System 
(MCAS) reading and math tests. 

Stanford 9. "% passing" means the 
percentage of students who scored at Level 
2 (partial mastery), Level 3 (solid 
performance/ready for next grade) and 
Level 4 (superior/above grade level). In 
2000, the Stanford 9 reading and math tests 
were given in grades 3, 5-9, and 1 1 . In 
1999, they were given in those same 
grades, with one exception: Grade 3 did not 
take the reading test. 

MCAS. "% passing" means the percentage 
of students who scored at Level 2 (needs 
improvement). Level 3 (proficient), and 
Level 4 (advanced). The MCAS is given in 
grades 4, 8 and 10. 



Hernandez School (K-8) 

61 School St., Roxbury 02119 

Margarita M. Muniz, Principal 

® 617-635-8187 Hours: 8:30-2:30 

Special features: 

• A two-way bilingual school: All 
students learn in English and Spanish. 
Students applying for grades 3-8 
attend an orientation on the two-way 
program, participate in an informal 
interview, and take a language 
proficiency assessment in Spanish and 
English. 

• Literacy Collaborative in grades Kl-3; 
Upper Grade Literacy program in grades 
4-8 

• An Expeditionary Learning Outward 
Bound school: Students learn through 
group and individual experiences 

• Specialists on staff: physical education, 
music and movement, computer, 
science, art, and Spanish 

• Partnerships with Mellon New England 
Bank and Bentley College, who provide 
technology enrichment and college 
awareness programs 

• Active parent volunteers in classrooms, 
on School Parent Council, School Site 
Council, Two- Way Language committee 
and Playground Committee 

• Cafeteria, gymnasium, renovated 
playground, and auditorium. 

>► % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 75% / 75% Math 69% / 64% 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 75% / 78% Math 66% / 6 1 % 

> % passing Gr. 8 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 87% / 70% Math 34% / 3 5% 



M. L King Jr. Middle School 

77 Lawrence Ave., Dorchester 02121 
Audrey Leung-Tat, Principal 
©617-635-8212 Hours: 7:20-1:30 

Special features: 

• Students clustered into small groups for 
more effective learning and stronger 
student-teacher relationships 

• A rigorous, standards-based curriculum 

• Demonstration and modeling as primary 
instructional techniques 

• Academic and social service support for 
students during the school day and 
through the after-school program and 
community agencies 

• Interdisciplinary learning projects in the 
enrichment program 

• Computer labs and a library media 
center with Internet access 

• A science program featuring an 
outstanding science fair and a 
partnership with Harvard University 
Medical School 

• An acclaimed music program featuring a 
chorus and a partnership with Boston 
Symphony 

• Community service projects through our 
collaboration with Charles Street AME 
Church and the Thompson Island 
Outward Bound Choices Program. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 71%/ 74% Math 41%/ 48% 

> % passing Gr. 8 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 57% / 6 1 % Math 1 7% / 22% 



|CHOOL 


Location 


Enroll- 
ment 


Grades 


Homerooms Hours 
per Grade in 2001-02 


Bilingual 
Programs 


After-school Programs 

& Activities ^^^^^^m 


AWC 


Uniform 1 
Policy ^^ 


Hernandez 


Roxbury 


400 


K2-grade 8 


K- gr. 6: 2 
Gr. 7-8: 1 


8:30-2:30 


Spanish, 
2-way 


After: tutoring and/or homework 
time, arts & crafts, sports, $32/month 




Mandatory 


M. L King 


Dorchester 


500 


Grades 6-8 


Gr. 6: 7 
Gr. 7-8: 5 


7:20-1:30 


Spanish 


Tutoring, sports, recreation, 
enrichment 


Gr.6 


None 


Mission Hill 


Roxbury 


170 


K2-grade 8 


K-7:2 
Gr.8:1 


8:30-2:30 




Extended day for gr. 6-8 until 4:45 PM 
(free) and YMCA after-school program 
available on site (fee based) 




None 



Timilty Roxbury 630 Grades 6-8 8-12 7:35-3:20 Spanish 

7:35-12:40 Fri. 
Young Jamaica PI. 300 K2-grade 8 K: 3 9:30-5:30 

Achievers Gr. 1-3:2 

Gr. 4-7: 1 



Extended school day, sports Gr. 6 Voluntary 

Before from 7:30; after to 5:30; Voluntary 

sports, arts, academic support 



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Mission Hill School (K-8) 

67 Alleghany St., Roxbury 02120 

Deborah Meier, Principal 

© 617-635-6384 Hours: 8:30-2:30 

Special features: 

• Requires families to visit the school 
before students' assignment to the 
school is approved, to be sure families 
are comfortable with the school's 
expectations 

• Multi-aged classes of not more than 20 
students 

• Graduation from grade 8 based on 
students' demonstrated ability to handle 
high school work, and on being in the 
habit of using their minds well 

• Activity- and inquiry-based learning 
built around interdisciplinary projects, 
emphasizing the integration of arts and 
academics 

• Definition of excellence that includes 
understanding of diverse cultures and a 
concern for fairness 

• Use of multiple assessments — not 
primarily standardized testing — to 
measure student achievement 

• Strong partnerships with other BPS 
schools, the Coalition of Essential 
Schools, Northeastern, Lesley and 
Harvard colleges, the Mass. College of 
Pharmacy, and several museums and art 
organizations. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 93% / 96% Math 54% / 57% 

>► % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 87% / 87% Math 88% /1 00% 

> % passing Gr. 8 MCAS: 

No Grade 8 in 1999 or 2000. 

Timilty Middle School 

205 Roxbury St., Roxbury 02119 
Valeria Lowe-Barehmi, Principal 
® 617-635-8109 Mon.-Thurs.: 7:35-3:20 
Friday: 7:35-12:40 

Special features: 

• Project Promise, an innovative approach 
to learning with a longer school day 



• Reading, writing, and math instruction 
in all subjects 

• Schoolwide Internet access 

• Two specialty classes a day: gym, 
health, theater, art, woodworking, home 
economics, Spanish, or computers 

• Two-time wiimer of the National Award 
for Excellence from the U. S. Dept. of 
Education, and winner of many other 
awards for outstanding teaching and 
programs 

• Acdve partnerships with Mass. General 
Hospital, 3Com (for technology), and 
McDonald's 

• Three-time National Academic League 
city champion 

• Excellent extramural athletic programs: 
Squashbusters, basketball, track, rowing 
team, soccer, and double-dutch. 

>■ % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 90% / 90% Math 71%/ 69% 

> % passing Gr. 8 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 86% / 86% Math 40% / 48% 

Young Achievers Science & 
Mathematics School (K-8) 

25 Walk Hill Street, Jamaica Plain 02130 

Virginia Chalmers, Principal 

© 617-635-6804 Hours: 9:30-5:30 

Special features: 

• Small classes of about 20 students with 
one teacher and a graduate student intern 

• A "pilot school," free of many Boston 
Public Schools and Boston Teachers 
Union rules, with a democratic 
governance structure including parents, 
students, staff and community members 

• Interdisciplinary math and science 
curriculum for Kl -grade 8, with special 
focus on math and music 

• High school students trained through the 
Algebra Project to help students 
strengthen their math skills 

• Strong music program, with recorder, 
percussion, chorus, and jazz ensemble 

• Inclusive special education program with 
speech, language and occupational therapy 
(OT) services and classroom support 

• Partnerships with families through 
required conferences, presentations, and 
parent involvement in school 
governance 

• A professional development school for 
Wheelock College 

• Extended school day from 7:30-5:30 

• Computer, science and math labs, 
library, and art and music rooms. 



> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 65% / 75% Math 60% / 57% 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 50% / 60% Math 41% / 57% 

> % passing Gr. 8 MCAS: 

No Grade 8 in 1999 or 2000. 



East Zone 

Elementary 

Schools 



TEST RESULTS _______ 

Following each school 's^pect^ffeatiSes^" 
you will find 1999 and 2000 schoolwide 
results for the Stanford 9 and Mass. 
Comprehensive Assessment System 
(MCAS) reading and math tests. 

Stanford 9. "% passing" means the 1 

percentage of students who scored at Level 
2 (partial mastery), Level 3 (solid 
performance/ready for next grade) and | 
Level 4 (superior/above grade level). In 
2000, the Stanford 9 reading and math tests 
were given in grades 3, 5-9, and 1 1. In 
1999, they were given in those same 
grades, with one exception: Grade 3 did not 
take the reading test. 

MCAS. "% passing" means the percentage 
of students who scored at Level 2 (needs 
improvement). Level 3 (proficient), and 
Level 4 (advanced). The MCAS is given in 
grades 4, 8 and 1 0. 

Channing Elementary School 

35 Sunnyside St., Hyde Park 02136 

Deborah D. Dancy, Principal 

© 617-635-8722 Hours: 8:30-2:30 

Special features: 

• Writing-to-Read Program to teach 
reading 

• Many guest speakers and performances 

• Many extras, including a Talented & 
Gifted Program, foreign language, 
music, art, computer technology, and 
field trips 

• Innovative ways of teaching math and 
science, and is part of PALMS/ 






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Partnerships Advancing the Learning of 
Math & Science 

• Violence prevention and counseling 
programs 

• Partnerships with United Parcel Service 
and Harvard University. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 76% / 83% Math 67% / 83% 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading .82% / 74% Math 67% / 60% 

Chittick Elementary School 

154 Ruskindale Rd., Mattapan 02126 

Karen Slack, Principal 

® 617-635-8652 Hours: 8:30-2:30 

Special features: 

• Recently adopted school theme, "Arts 
and Sciences" 

• Active parent organization, support 
services for children and families, and 
an effective staff/parent governance 
structure 

• Strong academic program with science, 
art, physical education and computer 
specialists 

• Support from community organizations 
such as the Dimock Health Center, 
Private Industry Council, Dorchester 
Counseling Center, Boston Children's 
Services, and the Community Music 
Center 

• Professional development for all staff to 
support literacy, writing and math across 
the curriculum 

• Six Lead Teachers and a Golden Apple 
Teacher 

• Morning and afternoon day care as well 
as tutoring with the BELL Foundation. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 81%/ 85% Math 77% / 68% 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 66% / 60% Math 42% / 40% 

Clap Elementary School 

35 Harvest St., Dorchester 02125 

Angelo Giacalone, Principal 

® 617-635-8672 Hours: 9:20-3:20 

Special features: 

• Small size, which promotes the safety 
and security of all students 

• Focus on BPS learning standards and 
curriculum, emphasizing English 
language arts and math 

• Computers for newspapers, books, and 
story telling 

• Annual Winterfest celebration 



Active School Site Council and School 

Parent Council 

Many programs for cultural enrichment, 

including the Boston Ballet, Very 

Special Arts, Museum of Fine Arts, and 

Young Audiences 

A business partnership and mentoring 

program with Arnold Communications 

Extra support for school improvement 

inside and out, thanks to grants from the 

Annenberg Challenge and Boston 

Schoolyard Initiative 

ELIC literacy program to help develop 

literacy skills of all students. 

% passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 

Reading 94% / 87% Math 63% / 83% 

% passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 

Reading 5 8% / 5 0% Math 61%/ 58% 



Condon Elementary School 

200 D St., South Boston 02127 

Ann Garofalo, Principal 

® 617-635-8608 Hours: 8:30-2:30 

Special features: 

• Focus on reading and writing with the 
Balanced Early Literacy (BEL) program 
and a grant-funded literacy coach and 
coordinator 

• Two state-of-the-art computer labs and a 
primary literacy lab 

• Newly renovated playground and an 
Olympic-sized pool 

• Collaboration with UMass Boston, 
Boston University, Curry and Wheelock 
colleges 

• Partnership with the TERI Corporation, 
which has donated a first grade mini- 
computer lab and encourages employees 
to volunteer to read aloud to students 

• Active School Site Council and School 
Parent Council 

• A City Year team. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 80% / 8 1 % Math 82% / 76% 

>• % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 70% / 69% Math 52% / 59% 

Dover Elementary School 

325 Mt. Vernon St., Dorchester 02125 

Eric Johnson, Principal 

© 617-635-8694 Hours: 9:20-3:20 

Special features: 

• Three after-school and summer 
programs to support academic, artistic, 
and social development for children in 
all grade levels. 



• Balanced literacy program using First 
Steps Writing and Reading supported 
with Reading Recovery and a Literacy 
tutor using Soar to Success 

• Partnership with Lesley College: We are 
a teacher training site for math, science, 
literacy and technology 

• Flagship site of Citizen Schools, an 
apprenticeship-based enrichment 
program 

• Smaller classes in grades 1 -3 to focus on 
individual needs 

• New play yard and outdoor classroom/ 
laboratory 

• State-of-the art computer lab and 
Internet access 

• Focus on critical thinking and problem- 
solving skills. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 77% / 8 1 % Math 61%/ 60% 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 68% / 65% Math 57% / 5 1 % 

East Zone Early Learning Center 

370 Columbia Rd., Dorchester 02125 

Myrtle David, Program Director 

® 617-635-8604 Hours: 7:30-6:00 

Special features: 

• All-day program for all students from 
7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

• Daily writing program for all children, 
and use of Whole Language and phonics 
to teach reading 

• IBM computer lab 

• "Hands-on" math and science instruction 

• State-of-the-art playground built by 
parents and teachers. 

Endicott Elementary School 

2 McLellan St., Dorchester 02121 

Robert Holland, Principal 

® 617-635-8648 Hours: 9:25-3:25 

Special features: 

• Emphasis on basic skills in a family-like 
setting 

• Brand new library with all new books 

• New computer lab with iMac computers, 
and emphasis on literacy instruction 

• Strong commitment to literacy and 
whole school change 

• School-based counseling from Harvard 
Street Health Center 

• Partnerships with the Hill Holiiday, 
Milton Academy, and USRefresh 

• Inclusion of parents as an integral part of 
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• Commitment to multicultural education 

• Dedicated staff committed to children 

• Recent building improvements, including 
schoolwide Intemet connections. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 66% / 79% Math 63% / 77% 

>► % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 50% / 52% Math 38%/ 42% 

Everett Elementary School 

71 Pleasant St., Dorchester 02125 
Kathleen Flannery, Principal 



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Hours: 9:20-3:20 



Special features: 

• Culturally diverse enviromnent 

• Model automated school library with 
over 4,000 new volumes 

• Many reading programs and incentives, 
including Reading Recovery (individual 
instruction for at-risk grade 1 students), 
Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), and book 
fairs 

• Full-time computer, science, and art 
teachers 



• Weekly newsletter, monthly coffee 
hours, fund-raisers, and school 
volunteers to involve and inform parents 

• Partnership with Manulife Financial, 
who funds our after-school program 

• Partnerships with UMass Boston, 
Boston College, and Simmons College 

• Renovated, handicap accessible 
building, with an auditorium and play 
yard. 

>► % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 89% / 94% Math 80% / 83% 

>► % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 81%/ 85% Math 57% / 68% 

Fifield Elementary School 

25 Dunbar Ave., Dorchester 02124 

Craig Lankhorst, Principal 

© 617-635-8618 Hours: 9:25-3:25 

Special features: 

• An Early Learning Literacy Initiative 
(ELLI) school, with staff that are 
specially trained to help first graders 
learn to read well 



• Access to a before and after school 
program run by the Dorchester YMCA 

• Accelerated math instruction for all 
students 

• Computers to supplement reading and 
math instruction in all grades 

• Excellent music program, with 
instrumental music lessons, choir, and 
access to professional musicians 

• Partnerships with the Unity Club, 
Northeastern University, Girl Scouts, 
Boston Ballet, Junior Achievement, City 
Year, and Future Teachers of America 

• Computer and sports clubs and a school 
newspaper 

• Many special awards and incentives for 
students 

• Sports and games in a large playground 
and field nearby. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 84% / 79% Math 64% / 60% 

>► % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 33% / 64% Math 20% / 3 1 % 



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Elihu Greenwood Elementary 
School 

612 Metropolitan Ave., Hyde Park 02136 

Jeannette Pillsbury, Principal 

® 617-635-8665 Hours: 9:20-3:20 

Special features: 

• Parent involvement in all areas, and 
volunteer grandparents 

• Great music opportunities, including 
glee club and recorder lessons, thanks to 
our full-time music specialist 

• Library, computer and science 
specialists 

• Reading Recovery to help first graders 
read on grade level, and the Reading 
Success Network to build literacy skills 
schoolwide 

• Internet access in our updated computer 
lab, library, and many classrooms 

• Enrichment activities, including Yearn 
to Learn for high achievers, Boston 
Music Education Collaborative, and 
YMCA Adopt-a-Fifth Grade Program 

• Partnerships with Ikon Office Solutions 
and Hyde Park Savings Bank 

• An Accelerated School, setting high 
expectations for all students 

• Participant in the Boston-Harvard 
Leadership Development Initiative 

• Special events, including a Science Fair, 
Healthy Kids and International Festival 

• Student-run paper recycling center 

• Bright, comfortable, modem-style 
building. 

>- % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 73% / 80% Math 65% / 76% 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 67% / 57% Math 50% / 33% 

Sarah Greenwood School (K-8) 

189 Glenway St., Dorchester 02121 
Isabel Mendez, Principal 



® 617-635-8710 



Hours: 9:20-3:20 



Special features: 

• Two-way bilingual school, offering all 
students the opportunity to learn in 
Spanish and English. Students applying 
for grades 3-8 must attend an 



orientation to this program with their 
families, participate in an informal 
interview, and take a language 
proficiency assessment in Spanish and 
English to determine their ability to 
succeed in the program 

• Full time social worker and an active 
Student Support Team 

• Partnership with the Boston Nature 
Center 

• Computers for classroom learning, and a 
recently updated computer lab with new 
PCs 

• Stay in School program, the Cross 
Country development program and a 
golf program in partnership with 
Franklin Park and the city Parks & 
Recreation Department 

• New literacy program aimed at 
developing and sustaining literacy 

• Math Power program to build math 
skills in grades 4-8 

• After-school learning opportunities, 
including homework help for middle 
school students. Sports Plus for grades 4 
and 5, and literacy instruction for 
students at the lowest test performance 
level. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 72% / 80% Math 33% / 50% 

>► % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 41% / 35% Math 31%/ 34% 

>► % passing Gr. 8 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 78% / 94% Math 22% / 1 9% 

Grew Elementary School 

40 Gordon Ave., Hyde Park 02136 

Ronald Jackson, Principal 

© 617-635-8715 Hours: 8:30-2:30 

Special features: 

• Title I math and reading 

• New technology and methods to teach 
math and science 

• Excellent literacy programs: Developing 
Literacy First (K-3); Supporting 
Literacy (4-5) 

• Literacy Book Room and library 

• Soar To Success reading intervention 
program 

• Math and Literacy coaches 

• Maimonides School student volunteer 
program 

• Student support team 

• Weekly "coffee hour" for parents with 
the principal 

• Additional academic resources through 
Boston Partners in Education 



• Dental education through "Partners in 
Prevention" with Faulkner Hospital; and 
a fun health education program, "The 
Great Body Shop" 

• Academic and schoolwide initiative 
support from our partnership with 
Meredith & Grew 

• Counseling program with New England 
Home for Little Wanderers 

• Dance program with Boston Ballet. 
>■ % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 

Reading 88% / 89% Math 74% / 76% 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 90% / 67% Math 62% / 5 1 % 

Holland Elementary School 

85 Olney St., Dorchester 02121 

Vilma Gonzalez, Principal 

® 617-635-8832 Hours: 8:25-2:25 

Special features: 

• Innovative organization with six 
learning areas named after colleges and 
universities, each with a team of 
teachers who work and plan together; 
plus several traditional classrooms 
Two computer labs: IBM and Power 
Macintosh 

Internet access in all grade 5 classrooms, 
the library, and computer lab 
Parent Center to encourage participation 
in the school 

Northeastern University's Paul Robeson 
Institute/Mary MacLeod Bethune 
Institute 

Reading Recovery and school-based 
therapy programs 

On-site graduate program, via two-way 
video, with UMass Lowell 
Weekly Club Day, when students can 
pursue their interests in art, choir, math, 
swimming, basketball, theater, computer 
and science. 

>■ % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 82% / 80% Math 80% / 75% 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 42% / 56% Math 4 1 % / 4 1 % 

Holmes Elementary School 

40 School St., Dorchester 02124 

Jacqueline J. Hogan, Principal 

® 617-635-8681 Hours: 9:25-3:25 

Special features: 

• A model school that fully includes 
special needs students in all classes 

• Curriculum that reflects the diversity of 
its students and how they approach 
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Third year receiving a $50,000 grant to 

improve student achievement 

Implementation of a literacy program in 

all grades 

Computers in every classroom 

Library media center 

Outdoor science classroom 

Science, music, and physical education 

for all students 

Schoolwide discipline program 

On-site counseling 

Strong commitment to parent 

involvement 

An enrichment program to prepare 

students for mandatory tests 

Partnership with the Federal Reserve 

Bank, which sponsors a Read Aloud 

Program, a Pen Pal Club and a Career 

Awareness Program. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 82% / 74% Math 78% / 61% 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 68% / 69% Math 38% / 58% 

Kenny Elementary School 

19 Oakton Ave., Dorchester 02122 
Cheryl Lynn Watson-Harris, Principal 
® 617-635-8789 Hours: 9:25-3:25 

Special features: 

• Nationally celebrated Success For All 
whole-school reading program 

• Intensive academic after school program 
with the BELL Foundation 

• Partnership with Generations, Inc., one 
of nine national demonstration sites to 
use seniors citizens as resources 

• The "Getting Along Together" program 
to teach good citizenship 

• Schoolyard Initiative grant to improve 
our schoolyard 

• Computer lab, computers in every 
classroom, and complete music and 
technology programs. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 8 1 % / 8 1 % Math 67% / 64% 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 58% / 64% Math 70% / 3 1 % 

Lee Elementary School 

155 Talbot Ave., Dorchester 02124 

Maria Iglesias, Principal 

© 617-635-8687 Hours: 9:25-3:25 

Special features: 

• Creative organization in five cross-grade 
teaching and learning centers 

• Reading Recovery for grade 1 students, 
the Literacy Collaborative in grades K- 



j 5, literacy tutors, and a strong home- 
school learning partnership 

! • An award-winning art program, music, 
computer, Spanish, and science classes 
as special subjects 

• Peer Buddies and other programs — 
including an after-school program 
funded by New England Home for Little 
Wanderers — to promote inclusion of 
disabled students in regular education 
settings 

• Comprehensive health and violence 
prevention programs 

• Affiliations with Boston Park Rangers, 
National Park Service, and the Boston 
Symphony: "The city is our classroom!" 

• Support and enrichment services through 
Boston Excels, Boston College, Milton 
Academy, and Mass. College of Art 

• A modem, open space facility with a 
gym, library, and theater. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 91%/ 87% Math 65% / 70% 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 61%/ 60% Math 39% / 37% 

Marshall Elementary School 

35 Westville St., Dorchester 02124 
Teresa Harvey-Jackson, Principal 
© 617-635-8810 Hours: 9:20-3:20 

Special features: 

• Our "family" grouping model: Children 
remain with the same "family" of 
teachers, students and staff fi^om 
Kindergarten-grade 5 

• Two-way bilingual mini-school for 
Kindergarten-grade 5: Students learn 
English and Spanish 

• The only school planetarium and 
greenhouse in the city 

• A rich curriculum, including art, music, 
instrumental music, physical education, 
science, computers, swimming, and 
more 

• The Boston Scholars program, which 
encourages and exposes students to 
positive role models and new ideas, and 
instills in them the belief that 'if they 
work hard, they will get smart' 

• Partnership with Boston College, whose 
students mentor our grades 4 and 5 
students through Project 2000 

• Home/school literature program 

• Lots of activities for families: Fathers' 
Luncheon, Science Fair, spaghetti 
dinners, student/faculty basketball 
games, and more. 



> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 92% / 87% Math 84% / 87% 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 66% / 73% Math 65% / 64% 

Mather Elementary School 

One Parish St., Dorchester 02122 
Michael Kim Marshall, Principal 

® 617-635-8757 Hours: 9:25-3:25 

Special features: 

• The oldest public elementary school in 
America 

• State-of-the-art programs for teaching 
reading and writing: Reading Recovery 
and the Literacy Collaborative 

• Smaller classes schoolwide through 
creative reorganization 

• Grade-level teams of teachers to analyze 
student work and improve teaching 

• "Looping" in most classes: Students stay 
with the same teacher for two years: 
Kindergarten-grade 1; grades 2 «& 3; and 
grades 4 & 5 

• Three Golden Apple Award winners on 
staff 

• Specialists in Art, Computer, Library, 
Music, and Physical Education 

• New IBM computer lab and numerous 
IBM and Macintosh computers in 
classrooms 

• A weekly parent letter and individually 
scheduled parent-teacher conferences 
twice a year 

• Partnerships with New England 
Financial, AEW Capital Management, 
Harvard's Judge Baker Clinic, Omega 
Psi Phi, and the Internal Revenue 
Service 

• A first-class building with one of the 
best playground structures in Boston. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 66% / 89% Math 82% / 93% 

>- % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 69% / 72% Math 68% / 63% 

Mattahunt Elementary School 

100 Hebron St., Mattapan 02126 

Nancy Dickerson, Principal 

© 617-635-8792 Hours: 8:30-2:30 

Special features: 

• The center for Boston's Reading 
Recovery program, the research-based 
intervention and safety net for early 
learners 

• Student teachers from UMass Boston, 
Curry College, and Hellenic College 

• Partnerships with Boston Partners in 



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parent and community volunteers 

• Participates in Nature's Classroom, a 
week-long science camp for selected 
students in grades 4-5 

• Internet access in the library, computer 
lab, and some classrooms 

• Full-time Student Support Coordinator 

• A large, modem building with a 
swimming pool and gym 

• Two fully trained Reading Recovery 
teachers 

• A Literacy Collaborative school 

• Partnership with Peace Games, 
including a resident team of Americorp 
volunteers 

• Business partnership with Citistreet. 
>• % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 

Reading 82% / 75% Math 72% / 76% 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 

Reading 55% / 47% Math 37% / 35% 

Mattapan Early Education Center 

108 Babson St., Mattapan 02126 

Nora L. Toney, Principal 

617-635-7680 Hours: 7:30-5:00 

Special features: 

• All-day program for all students from 
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

• Inclusion of children with disabilities in 
classes with regular-education students 

• A beautifully designed, child centered, 
state-of-the-art building 

• Diverse student body and staff 

• Clean and safe outdoor play structure 

• Small class sizes with an adult/student 
ratio ranging from 1 : 1 or less 

• Ongoing assessment of student 
achievement 

• Reading instruction using the Waterford 
Computer Reading Program and the 
Mondo Balanced Early Literacy (BEL) 
program 

• Reading Recovery for at-risk grade 1 
students 

• TERC "Investigations" curriculum in 
many classrooms 

• Experienced staff, including 
mathematics and literacy lead teachers. 



coaches, and Golden Apple awardees 

• Staffed Parent Center 

• Very active School Site and School 
Parent Councils. 

Murphy Elementary School 

1 Worrell St., Dorchester 02122 

Mary Russo, Principal 

® 617-635-8781 Hours: 8:30-2:30 

Special features: 

• Reading and math scores in the top 25% 
of all Boston elementary schools 

• Extra reading and writing time for all 
grades with a team of reading specialists 

• Full-time math specialist 

• Smaller class sizes in grades 3-5 
(average class size is 22) 

• Math and science instruction using 
telecommunications 

• Monthly coffee hours for parents 

• Reading Recovery for grade 1 students 

• Computers in every classroom wired to 
the Internet 

• An experienced faculty, including ten 
lead teachers, mentor teachers, teacher- 
coaches, a Golden Apple Award winner, 
and a Milken Educator 

• Classroom tutors in Kindergarten and 
grade 1 with Boston Partners in 
Education 

• Swimming, French, music, art, 
technology, and physical education 

• On-site counseling and a full-time 
student support specialist to connect 
children and families to social services 
agencies 

• Outdoor nature trail and newly 
landscaped schoolyard 

• Partnerships with businesses, 
universities, city departments, and 
cultural organizations. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 95% / 94% Math 88% / 90% 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 73% / 85% Math 70% / 73% 

O'Hearn Elementary School 

1669 Dorchester Ave., 

Dorchester 02122 

William Henderson, Principal 

® 617-635-8725 Hours: 8:35-2:35 

Special features: 

• Inclusion school; Students involved in 
regular education, students with mild, 
moderate and severe disabilities, and 
students considered talented and gifted 



learn together and from each other 

• Citywide learning standards, arts and 
technology used and adapted to focus on 
literacy 

• Extensive family involvement in 
decision making, outreach, newsletters, 
special events, family center, and 
curriculum reinforcement 

• Collaborations with many universities, 
agencies, and corporations. 

>► % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 100% / 95% Math 92% / 86% 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 87% / 1 00% Math 78% / 79% 

Perkins Elementary School 

50 Burke St., South Boston 02127 

Virginia DiFranza, Principal 

® 617-635-8601 Hours: 9:25-3:25 

Special features: 

Macintosh LC III computer lab to teach 

writing and computer literacy 

Project PRIDE: Personal Responsibility 

In Daily Effort 

The Perkins Apprenticeship activity 

period every Friday for mixed-grade 

groups of students in grades 3-5 

Recipient of the Governor's Award for 

Anti-Violence 

Inclusion of students with disabilities in 

regular classrooms 

The Wee Delivery in-house postal 

service 

A home reading program supported by 

our business partner, Gillette Co. 

Home of Peace Games, promoting 

conflict resolution and self-esteem 

Perkins PRIDE, a monthly newsletter 

A newly renovated building. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 61%/ 89% Math 63% / 68% 

>► % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 83% / 80% Math 51%/ 74% 

Perry Elementary School 

745 East 7th St., South Boston 02127 

Chandra Minor, Principal 

© 617-635-8840 Hours: 9:20-3:20 

Special features: 

• Many methods to teach reading, 
including the Mondo/Balanced Early 
Literacy (BEL) model and Reading 
Recovery 

• "Hands-on," thematic learning and 
"process" writing 

• A multimedia center and Internet access 



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• Specialists in music, science, computers, 
dance, and physical education 

• Specialist who works with students, 
parents, and teachers to integrate 
technology into daily classroom practices 

• Inclusion of special needs students at all 
grade levels 

• Music lessons on stringed instruments 

• Awards from "A World of Difference" 
and the Boston Public Library 

• On-site counseling 

• Tutoring with UMass Boston, and 
partnerships with the World Trade 
Center, Double Decker Studios, and 
many local businesses 

• Monthly newsletter, The Perry Winkle 

• Free dance lessons through Boston 
Ballet City Dance 

• A parent center, active parent council 
and School Site Council, and parent 
volunteers. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 83% / 83% Math 96% / 83% 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 68% / 79% Math 72% / 62% 

Roosevelt Elementary School 

95 Needham Rd., Hyde Park 02136 

Mary Brown Daniels, Principal 

© 617-635-8676 Hours: 8:30-2:30 

Special features: 

• A safe, motivating learning environment 
that develops caring, competent, 
accomplished students 

• Focus on literacy across the subjects 
with the research-based Mondo 
Balanced Early Literacy (BEL) program 

• Participation in Harvard University's 
Balanced Assessment in Mathematics 
Initiative 

• Specialists to teach science, literacy- 
through-music, reading, math, and 
computer education 

• Internet access, with a computer lab for 
all grades and additional computers in 
classrooms and the library 

• An Instructional Leadership Team with 
principal, teacher, and parent members 

• Recognition of outstanding students 

• A quarterly, student-written newspaper 
and weekly parent bulletin 

• Active School Parent Council, involved 
in school governance and in organizing 
activities such as an annual Field Day, 
sundae parties for successful students, 
and parent workshops. 



> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 67% / 85% Math 67% / 84% 

>► % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 98% / 92% Math 98% / 70% 

Russell Elementary School 

750 Columbia Rd., Dorchester 02125 
K. Anthony Berlandi, Principal 



® 617-635-8803 



Hours: 8:30-2:30 



Special features: 

Optional two-way Spanish bilingual 

classes in all grades: All students learn 

English and Spanish 

Full-time instructors in science, 

computer, art, and Spanish 

Hands-on math and science instruction, 

and a math/science partnership with 

Boston Partners in Education 

Power Lunch tutorial program (grade 1) 

Very Special Arts music program 

Up-to-date computer lab linked to the 

Internet 

Leaps in Literacy, a program providing 

extra help in reading 

Mondo Balanced Early Literacy (BEL) 

literacy program 

Part of the Balanced Assessment in 

Mathematics Project from Harvard 

Parent center, with ESL classes twice a 

week 

Tutoring with UMass Boston and Foster 

Grandparents 

On-site group and individual counseling 

Part-time community coordinator 

Library program 

Member of the World Affairs Council of 

Boston 

Active Junior Achievement program 

Training site for student teachers 

Partners with the Foothill Capital Corp. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 81%/ 87% Math 7 1 % / 8 1 % 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 &. 2000: 
Reading 69% / 62% Math 55% / 57% 

P. A. Shaw Elementary School 

429 Norfolk St., Dorchester 02124 

Maudlin Wright, Principal 

® 617-635-8719 Hours: 9:20-3:20 

Special features: 

• Emphasis on early literacy, using the 
Mondo Balanced Early Literacy (BEL) 
program 

• Guest speakers from other countries, and 
cultural field trips 



• Partnerships with Showa Institute for 
Women, World Affairs Council, Boston 
Ballet, and Boston Partners in Education 

• Boston Police Dept. DARE Program 

• State-of-the-art technology and 
computer software, with Internet access 

• Individual and group counseling 

• Nutrition and dental health programs 
with Northeastern University 

• Programs with Mass. College of Art, 
Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of 
Science, Mass. Audubon Society, and 
the New England Aquarium 

• Clubs: Chorus, Gardening, Chess, 
Steppers, Drama 

• TERC "Investigations": we are a Level 2 
school 

• Student government 

• Recipient of a MetroLink technology 
grant, which provides a technology 
coach. 

>- % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 71%/ 78% Math 47% / 56% 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 60% / 4 1 % Math 23% / 27% 

Stone Elementary School 

22 Regina Rd., Dorchester 02124 

Elaine Gibson, Principal 

® 617-635-8773 Hours: 9:25-3:25 

Special features: 

• Partnership with John Hancock includes 
technology support, tutoring/mentoring, 
whole school plarming 

• Journalism theme, encouraging all 
children K-5 to be strong writers 

• YMCA on-site after-school program for 
40 students, sliding fee 

• University partnerships: Boston College, 
UMass Boston and Wheelock College, 
provide student teachers; Harvard 
University Project Aspire provides 
positive school climate support 

• Community partnerships: Boston Excels 
provides in-school counseling, violence 
prevention, parent/family support/ 
outreach; "The Group" supports 
organizational change; Codman Square 
Health Center, and Dorchester YMCA 

• Schoolwide Title I, and Reading 
Recovery for grade I students 

• Parent center 

• Specialists for art, music, physical 
education, health and library 

• Computers in classrooms with Internet 
access 



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• Schoolwide ReadBoston Literacy 
Project 

• Beautiful new playground with outdoor 
learning space. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 96% / 94% Math 89% / 76% 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 82% / 6 1 % Math 46% / 39% 

Taylor Elementary School 

1060 Morton St., Mattapan 02126 

Jean M. Philogene, Principal 

© 617-635-8731 Hours: 8:35-2:35 

Special features: 

An Early Childhood Learning Program 

French language programs 

Up-to-date Macintosh computer lab with 

schoolwide connection to the Internet 

Gym, art, music, library and computer 

classes 

Special education and counseling 

services 

Math and reading specialists 

Self-contained classrooms with a strong 

focus on teaching and learning 

A strong literacy program, the Lesley 

College Literacy Collaborative 

90-minute literacy block 

The Boston Globe "Newspapers in 

Education" program 

• Strong business partnerships, including 
the Boston Globe, City Year, Boston 
Ballet, Boston Police Dept., Junior 
Achievement, and the Cabot Foundation, 
Leaps & Literacy Program 

• Girls Scouts, Craft Club, Soars to 
Success, after-school MCAS 
preparation. Community School, Choir 

• A clean, attractive building that has been 
recently renovated and landscaped, and 
will soon have a beautiful new 
schoolyard through a Schoolyard 
Initiative grant. 

>• % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 86% / 77% Math 74% / 65% 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 63% / 74% Math 41%/ 47% 



Tynan Elementary School 

650 East 4th St., South Boston 02127 
Carlene Shavis, Principal 



I 617-635-8641 



Hours: 8:30-2:30 



Special features: 

• Excellent reading instruction, including 
the Houghton Mifflin program, 
literature. Whole Language, and 
Literature Is Tops 

Focus on early literacy programs with 
support from a Primary Literacy Grant 
Hands-on instruction in math and 
science 

Full-time art, music, and science 
teachers 

Physical fitness program at the Boston 
Athletic Club and a full time physical 
education teacher 
Computer lab 

School-based counseling and health 
services with Boston Children's 
Services, and a student support program 
Full-time library program, yearly book 
fairs, and reading incentives 
Read-aloud and tutoring programs for 
grade 1 students with Boston Partners in 
Education 

A well-maintained school with a modem 
gym. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 77% / 86% Math 82% / 8 1 % 

>► % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 74% / 65% Math 55% / 60% 

Elementary school students who live in the 
East Zone can also apply for three citywide 
K-8 schools: the Hernandez School, 
Mission Hill School, and Young Achievers 
Science & Math School. Please see pages 
11-12. 



East Zone 

Middle 

Schools 



TEST RESULTS 

Following each school's "special features," 
you will find 1999 and 2000 schoolwide 
results for the Stanford 9 and Mass. 
Comprehensive Assessment System 
(MCAS) reading and math tests. 

Stanford 9. "% passing" means the 
percentage of students who scored at Level 
2 (partial mastery). Level 3 (solid 
performance/ready for next grade) and 
Level 4 (superior/above grade level). 
Middle school students take the Stanford 9 
reading and math tests in grades 6-8. 

MCAS. "% passing" means the percentage 
of students who scored at Level 2 (needs 
improvement), Level 3 (proficient), and 
Level 4 (advanced). The MCAS is given in 
grades 4, 8 and 10. 

Cleveland Middle School 

11 Charles St., Dorchester 02122 

Margaret Hanscom, Principal 

© 617-635-8631 Hours: 7:20-1:30 

Special features: 

• Winner of national awards, with award- 
winning teachers on staff 

• State-of-the-art computer labs, Internet 
access, computers in many classrooms, 
and suites of computers for each cluster 

• Full-time student support services with 
individual and group counseling through 
many community agencies 

• Funding from many grant programs 

• A full service, on-site health clinic 

• Partnerships with cultural organizations, 
high tech firms. Turner Construction 
Company and Harvard University 

• Small classes 

• Grade level inclusion programs, a full 
inclusion program, and traditional 
curriculum programs 

• Fair and consistent discipline practices. 
>- % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 

Reading 74% / 74% Math 39% / 38% 

> % passing Gr. 8 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 

Reading 64% / 47% Math 23 % / 1 5% 



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Gavin Middle Scliool 

215 Dorchester St., South Boston 02127 

Joseph Lee, Principal 

© 617-635-8817 Hours: 7:20-1:30 

Special features: 

• A Carnegie Turning Points School 

• Totally handicap-accessible, with 
Multiple Handicap programs 

• Cluster organization to include all 
students in smaller classes 

• The originator of the Student Support 
Team concept for providing services 

• Partnership with Gillette Co. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 82% / 84% Math 58% / 53% 

> % passing Gr. 8 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 6 1 % / 7 1 % Math 1 4% / 1 2% 

Sarali Greenwood Scliool (K-8) 

189 Glenway St., Dorchester 02121 

Isabel Mendez, Principal 

® 617-635-8710 Hours: 9:20-3:20 

The Sarah Greenwood School is open to 
students in K2-Grade 8 who live in the East 
Zone. Please see page 16. However, please 
consider that current 5th graders are 
guaranteed a seat through grade 8. 
Therefore, the school will have fewer than 
5 seats available for new assignments to 
grades 6-8. 

Harbor Scliool 

An Expeditionary Learning Center 
294 Bowdoin Street., Dorchester 02122 
Scott Hartl, Program Director 
® 617-635-6365 Hours: 7:55-3:35 

Wednesdays: 7:55-12:30 

Special features : 

• Rigorous academic standards: Students 
are expected to do 2.5 hours of 
homework each evening; and the school 
does not accept academic work beneath 
a "C" grade 

• Each student must compile a portfolio of 
required work, and meet all other BPS 
requirements in order to graduate. 

• Strong family involvement, and an 
expectation for all families to attend a 
minimum of five required school 
functions during the year 

• Full inclusion of students with disabilities 
in the regular classroom, with the same 
high expectations for all students 

• Average class size of 22 students 

• Teams of teachers that work with the 
same students for three years 



• Frequent academic field work outside of 
the school building 

• Strong emphasis on the arts, with 
required student involvement in a 
whole-school chorus 

• A "pilot school," free from many 
Boston Public Schools and Boston 
Teachers Union rules and held to 
rigorous school performance standards. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 62% / 73% Math 30% / 35% 

> % passing MCAS in 2000: 
Reading 88% Math 33% 
No grade 8 in 1999. 

Lewenberg Middle School 

20 Outlook Rd., Mattapan 02126 

Myrtlene Mayfield, Principal 

® 617-635-8623 Hours: 7:20-1:30 

Special features: 

• An award-winning staff, including seven 
Golden Apple Award winners and three 
National Reader's Digest Award 
wiiuiers 

• Cooperative learning to foster learning 
and negotiation skills, teamwork, and 
individual decision-making 

• An outstanding curriculum to increase 
academic achievement, with the 
instructional focus on literacy 

• Emphasis on reading and writing in all 
subjects using the LLIFE literacy 
program and Soar to Success 

• Programs in French, Latin, art, music, 
computers, physical education, home 
economics, health education and school- 
to-career 

• Partnerships with Expeditionary 
Learning, Lesley College, IBM, and 
Mass. Audubon Society to promote 
interdisciplinary learning 

• Collaboration on programs with more 
than thirty agencies and organizations 

• Project Adventure, where students learn 
to trust in themselves and each other, to 
value teamwork, to relate to diversity, 
and to achieve academically, socially, 
and psychologically. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 79% / 73% Math 46% / 43% 

> % passing Gr. 8 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 55% / 62% Math 1 5% / 2 1 % 



McCormack Middle School 

315 Mt. Vernon St., Dorchester 02125 

Muriel Leonard, Principal 

® 617-635-8657 Hours: 7:20-1:30 

Special features: 

• Three citations for excellence by the Mass. 
Department of Education, and Presidential 
recognition for partnership activities 

• Partnership with Sovereign Bank for 
many activities: mentors and tutors, 
Adopt-a-Class, McCormack Kids 
Summer Institute, enrichment and exam 
school test preparation, student 
recognition. Job Shadowing and Career 
Visions, and ESL for parents 

• Arts opportunities for all students, with 
All in One Boat, the Museum of Fine 
Arts, Computer Museum, Troubadour, 
Project Discovery, and the Alvin Ailey 
Dance Residency 

• School-to-career program that connects 
the worlds of school and work 

• Collaboration with the Kennedy Library, 
the Kennedy Library Corps, and UMass 
Urban Scholars 

• A science lab program, with trips to 
Boston Harbor to study marine biology 

• Awards ceremonies, chorus, drama club, 
and band. 

>■ % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 83% / 83% Math 61%/ 66% 

> % passing Gr. 8 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 68% / 68% Math 31%/ 20% 

Rogers Middle School 

15 Everett St., Hyde Park 02136 
Michael A. McCarthy, Principal 

® 617-635-8700 Hours: 7:20-1:30 

Special features of the Rogers School: 

• A positive environment for learning 

• Consistently ranked as a top middle 
school in student and staff attendance 

• "Open Door" policy for parents 

• Cluster organization of students with a 
team of teachers 

• A tradition of excellence, with a 
schoolwide focus on writing and literacy 

• Technology wing and schoolwide access 
to the Internet 

• Performing arts, school chorus, and 
current events programs 

• Partnerships with Curry College, 
Thompson Island, and the Hyde Park 
Branch Library 

• Library, school book store. Tutoring 
Center 



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• Dedicated, experienced faculty, with 
active support for staff professional 
development 

• Five consecutive school improvement 
awards in recognition of student and 
staff achievement. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 94% / 93% Math 63% / 67% 

> % passing Gr. 8 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 86% / 83% Math 36% / 29% 

Thompson Middle School 

100 Maxwell St., Dorchester 02124 

Ronald Spratling, Principal 

© 617-635-8764 Hours: 7:20-1:30 

Special features of the Thompson School: 

• Pride in being a small school where staff 
know and nurture students 

• Emphasis on the attitude, "College is for 
me!" 

• College preparatory courses for all 
students: French, algebra, and computer 
usage 

• Support for teachers to plan and develop 
interdisciplinary lessons together 

• Partnerships with Citizens Bank, Talent 
Search, and the Urban League 

• Block scheduling to use instructional 
time more efficiently 

• Reading instruction in all classes, even 
math and science 

• Preparation for the exam school 
admission test. 

>- % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 76% / 77% Math 35% / 4 1 % 

> % passing Gr. 8 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 53% / 65% Math 1 9% / 1 6% 

Wilson Middle School 

18 Croftland Ave., Dorchester 02124 
Claudette Mulligan-Gates, Principal 
® 617-635-8827 Hours: 7:20-1:30 

Special features: 

• Students clustered in small teams for all 
academic subjects 

• Tutoring, mentoring, counseling, peer 
mediation, and after school sports and 
recreation 



• Telecommunications and the Internet to 
support classroom-based instruction 

• Four computer labs and two satellite 
communications systems 

• Recipient of the Secretary of 
Education's Award for Improved 
Parental Involvement 

• College and career awareness 
curriculum through the Higher 
Education Information Center, UMass 
Boston, Carney Hospital, and Citizen 
Schools 

• Training for students in violence 
prevention and peer leadership 

• Boston's first middle school to join the 
School-to-Career initiative 

• UMass Boston Urban Scholars program 

• Partnership with Carney Hospital 

• Winner of several grants for school 
reform and schoolyard improvement 

• Recently modernized building, with $ 1 
million's worth of improvements. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 73% / 77% Math 54% / 5 1 % 

> % passing Gr. 8 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 60% / 66% Math 22% / 1 7% 

Middle school students who live in the East 
Zone can also apply for five citywide 
schools: Hernandez (Kindergarten-grade 
8), M. L. King Jr. (grades 6-8), Mission 
Hill School (Kindergarten-grade 8), Timilty 
(grades 6-8), and Young Achievers 
(Kindergarten-grade 8). Please see pages 
11-12. However, please consider that 
current 5th graders at the Hernandez, 
Mission Hill, and Young Achievers are 
guaranteed a seat through grade 8. 
Therefore, these schools will have fewer 
than 5 seats available for new assignments 
to grades 6-8. 



North Zone 
Elementary 
Schools 



TEST RESULTS 

Following each school's "special features," 
you will find 1999 and 2000 schoolwide 
results for the Stanford 9 and Mass. 
Comprehensive Assessment System 
(MCAS) reading and math tests. 

Stanford 9. "% passing" means the 
percentage of students who scored at Level 
2 (partial mastery), Level 3 (solid 
performance/ready for next grade) and 
Level 4 (superior/above grade level). In 
2000, the Stanford 9 reading and math tests 
were given in grades 3, 5-9, and 11. In 
1999, they were given in those same 
grades, with one exception: Grade 3 did not 
take the reading test. 

MCAS. "% passing" means the percentage 
of students who scored at Level 2 (needs 
improvement), Level 3 (proficient), and 
Level 4 (advanced). The MCAS is given in 
grades 4, 8 and 10. 



Adams Elementary School 

165 Webster St., East Boston 02128 

Catherine Conway, Principal 

© 617-635-8383 Hours: 9:15-3:15 

Special features: 

Art, physical education and science 

programs 

The Balanced Early Literacy (BEL) 

program that includes Reading Recovery 

ESL, Speech and Literacy programs 

Home Reading Program, RIF (Reading 

is Fundamental) 

Computer lab equipped with the latest 

technology 

Multicultural enrichment programs in 

music, drama, dance, and art 

An active parent organization, providing 

classroom assistance and fundraising 

Partnerships with the North Suffolk 

Mental Health Association, the MWRA, 

and Cambridge 7. 



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>► % passing Stanford 9 in 1 999 & 2000: 
Reading 71%/ 90% Math 78% / 8 1 % 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 57% / 65% Math 53% / 52% 

Alighieri Elementary School 

37 Gove St., East Boston 02128 
Rita Sorrento, Principal 



® 617-635-8529 



Hours: 9:15-3:15 



Special features: 

• Many resources and programs to help 
students with literacy: the Mondo 
Balanced Early Literacy (BEL) program 
in the early grades, a literacy specialist. 
Art and Music, Reading Recovery, 
Reading is Fundamental/RIF and Grade 
3 Transition Program. 

• A Parent Center, library, and teacher 
resource library 

• Frequent visits and performances at the 
nearby Lyman Elderly Apartments 

• Strong pairings with the East Boston 
Neighborhood Health Center, Kiwanis, 
Northeastern, East Boston Foundation, 
Boston Police, the Chamber of 
Commerce, MassPort, Logan Hilton, 
City Year, East Boston District Court, 
Wheelock College, Boston Ballet, 
Gillette Retirees and Abuzz Technology 

• Computers with Internet connection in 
all classrooms 

• Schoolyard Initiative Grant - 2001 
completion 

• Clean, recently painted building. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 1 00% / 94% Math 93% / 85% 

>► % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 96% / 79% Math 59% / 52% 

Baldwin Elementary School 

121 Corey Rd., Brighton 02135 
Grace Yong Madsen, Principal 
® 617-635-8460 Hours: 9:15-3:15 

Special features: 

• Member of the Literacy Collaborative 

• Recipient of the Read Excellence Grant 
from the Dept. of Education 

• An extensive partnership with Boston 
College: Partners in training student 
teachers; tutorial help offered by BC 
students; and Junior Olympics at BC in 
the spring 

• Tutoring and friendship through our 
association with Foster Grandparents 

• Support services for students 
experiencing difficulties 

• Arts, music, gym, and computer classes 



• Emphasis on character development 
through the Humane Society's Operation 
Outreach 

• A new playground by September 2001 

• Parent involvement through the Read 
Boston Program 

• An active School Site Council. 

>■ % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 100% / 93% Math 98% / 95% 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 12,% 1 19% Math 68% / 82% 

Blackstone Elementary School 

380 Shawmut Ave., Boston 02118 
Mildred Ruiz-Allen, Principal 

© 617-635-8471 Hours: 8:25-2:25 

Special features: 

• Early Childhood Education programs for 
three and four-year-olds with special 
needs and for multi-handicapped 
children 

• Team teaching and lessons planned 
around central themes and goals 

• A parent center for workshops, special 
activities, and meetings 

• Swimming, gym, art, music, health and 
theater arts 

• Two computer labs 

• Choir for grades 3-5, the Blackstone 
Players (drama group) 

• The Cumulative Writing Folder system 
to teach writing to students in grades 1 -5 

• Boston Ballet's City Dance, available 
for grade 3 students 

• Focus on improving reading through 
Reading Recovery, early literacy 
program, home reading, and Drop 
Everything And Read (DEAR) 

• The Power Lunch program, with almost 
100 volunteers who provide weekly 
mentoring, reading, office help, and 
classroom support for teachers 

• Foster Grandparents program. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 61%/ 70% Math 61%/ 66% 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 32% / 3 7% Math 30% / 34% 

Bradley Elementary School 

10 Beachview Rd., East Boston 02128 

F. Robert Lyons, Principal 

® 617-635-8422 Hours: 9:20-3:20 

Special features: 

• Integrated Early Childhood Program for 
students ages 3-5 

• Integrated Learning System (computer 



assisted instruction) in a newly equipped 
computer lab for grades 1 -5 

• All classrooms are wired to the Internet, 
with several computers for student use 

• Emphasis on writing skills, using word 
processing and the Cumulative Writing 
Folder in grades 2-5 

• Ballet lessons through the Boston Ballet 
City Dance program for selected 
children in grades 3-5 (and beyond, for 
students chosen for advanced 
instruction) 

• Training site for student teachers from 
Northeastern University and Salem State 
College. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 9 1 % / 9 1 % Math 84% / 95%) 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 89% / 93% Math 81%/ 86%) 

East Boston Early Education Center 

135 Gove St., East Boston 02128 

Esther Adames-Jimenez, Principal 

© 617-635-6456 Hours: 7:30-6:00 

Special features: 

An all-day program for all students from 

7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Inclusion of children with disabilities in 

all classes 

Small class sizes with paraprofessionals 

State-of-the-art, 3-year-old building, 

specially designed for young children 

Four computers per classroom, with 

Internet access in every room 

Balanced Early Literacy model - 

children work in centers 

Multilingual program with strong 

support for second language learners 

Team teaching and thematic units and 

goals, planned by grade level 

Three Reading Recovery teachers 

The Waterford program in all 1 " grades, 

integrating literacy and technology 

Parents center for workshops, special 

activities, meetings; ESL, computer and 

Spanish 

Principal's weekly Coffee Hour with 

parents in English and Spanish 

Music teacher who integrates literacy in 

all classes 

Suzuki-method violin lessons for some 

students 

Integration of science with literacy and 

art 

Beautiful library facilities 

Assignment preference for children from 

East Boston. 



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BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS 



Eliot Elementary School 

16 Charter St., Boston 02113 

Wesley Manaday, Principal 

© 617-635-8545 Hours: 9:25-3:25 

Special features: 

• Proud history: the Eliot is on the 
Freedom Trail and traces its beginnings 
to 1713 

• Many nearby resources: We can walk to 
the Paul Revere House, New England 
Aquarium, Old North Church, and 
Faneuil Hall 

• Mondo Balanced Early Literacy (BEL) 
program for begirming readers, and the 
Reading Workshop Approach 
(grades 3-5) 

• An excellent partnership with the 
Berkshire Group, and with the New 
England Aquarium that provides 
educational workshops 

• Italian language and cultural program 
funded by the Italian Consulate 

• Visual and theater arts, folk dancing, 
and Museum of Fine Arts Visual 
Thinking Through Art (grades 4-5) 



• Newly renovated library and a 
multimedia computer lab, with 28 
Macintosh computers and an extensive 
software library 

• Collaboration with area colleges and 
universities, which provide interns and 
student teachers 

• Boston Schoolyard Initiative grant. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 64% / 79% Math 48% / 7 1 % 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 28% / 49% Math 1 9% / 33% 

Emerson Elementary School 

6 Shirley St., Roxbury 02119 

C. Sura O'Mard-Gentle, Principal 

® 617-635-8507 Hours: 9:20-3:20 

Special features: 

• ReadBoston, which provides home 
lending libraries and parent/teacher 
conferences twice a year 

• Full-time City Year team, providing 
literacy support, student activities clubs 
and after-school tutoring 

• Individual and family service support 



from Uphams Comer CHC, Whittier St. 
CHC, Families First and the Cape 
Verdean Nurturing Project 

• Parent Center with ftill-time parent 
educator, monthly parent meetings and 
Adult ESL 

• Affiliations with local cultural 
programs: Brown Bag Opera, Cantata 
Singers, Shirley-Eustis House and 
Boston Historic Neighborhoods 

• Community partnerships: The Dudley 
Street Neighborhood Initiative and 
Nuestra Communidad CDC 

• Active business partnerships: BFI, 
Vargas and Vargas Insurance, and 
Citizen's Bank 

• "Schools of Choice Partnership" 
participant 

• Newly-built schoolyard with interactive 
learning graphics. 

>■ % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 83% / 79% Math 86% / 78% 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 74% / * Math 78% / 63% 

* Score not reported. 




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Farragut Elementary School 

10 Fenwood Rd., Boston 02115 

Charles Ray, Principal 

® 617-635-8450 Hours: 9:20-3:20 

Special features: 

High expectations for all students 

Option of the same teacher for grades 

4-5 

Full-time physical education and science 

teachers 

Read Boston volunteers from Boston 

University and Simmons College 

Free instrumental music lessons with 

teachers from Boston University 

After-school tutoring for grades 1 , 2 and 

3 three days a week 

Partnerships with New England Baptist 

Hospital, Gardner Museum, and 

Museum of Fine Arts 

Spanish and French language 

instruction. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 93% / 92% Math 87% / 88% 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 86% / 9 1 % Math 84% / 74% 

Gardner Elementary School 

30 Athol St., Allston 02134 
Catalina Montes, Principal 
© 617-635-8365 Hours: 8:30-2:30 

Special features: 

• Extended services to students and 
families in collaboration with Boston 
College, the YMCA, AUston/Brighton 
Healthy Boston Coalition and other 
agencies, thanks to an exciting grant 
from De Witt- Wallace 

• Success Maker computer integrated 
learning system 

• State of the art computer lab and media 
center 

• Student teachers and interns, from 
Boston College 

• Tutors and mentors from Boston College 
and Harvard Business School 

• On-site health center with St. 
Elizabeth's Hospital 

• Partnerships with McNamara House, 



Boston Partners in Education, Genzyme 
Corporation, Computer Curriculum 
Corp., St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Smith 
Clinic, and Stop & Shop 

• In-school counseling with AUston- 
Brighton Mental Health Clinic 

• Gym classes at Boston University and 
participation in the Harvard Student/ 
Athlete Program 

• Two playgrounds: one for younger and 
one for older students 

• Developing a strong music program and 
school band. 

>► % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 94% / 95% Math 82% / 98% 

>► % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 9 1 % / 7 1 % Math 79% / 60% 

Garfield Elementary School 

95 Beechcroft St., Brighton 02135 
Victoria Megias-Batista, Principal 
® 617-635-8351 Hours: 9:25-3:25 

Special features: 

• Portfolios of student work for every 
student in Kindergarten-grade 5 

• Computers in the classroom 

• Counseling from Allston-Brighton 
Health Center and Boston College 
Graduate School of Social Work 

• Inclusion of students with disabilities in 
regular education classrooms to increase 
their self-esteem and learning 

• Team teaching during reading classes to 
provide more adults in the classroom 

• Internet connections in every classroom 

• Lots of hands-on activities to make math 
and science exciting 

• Read-aloud time every Tuesday with 
Boston College employees 

• Collaboration with Boston Partners in 
Education to bring volunteers to help in 
classrooms 

• Opening and closing meetings to 
celebrate the day's learning and build 
school pride. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 97% / 86% Math 77% / 83% 

>► % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 76% / 77% Math 78% / 68% 



Guild Elementary School 

195 Leyden St., East Boston 02128 

Simon Ho, Principal 

® 617-635-8523 Hours: 8:25-2:25 

Special features: 

• Computer, physical education, music, 
and arts lessons for all students each 
week 

• School-developed literacy model 

• School-Linked Services through Home 
for Little Wanderers 

• Use of "hands-on" materials and a new 
method called TERC Investigation to 
teach math concepts 

• Mandarin language instruction in grades 
3-5 

• Professional development for staff with 
Tufts University 

• Partnership with Hastings School 
(Lexington), Guild, and Tufts University 

• New England SCORES creative writing 
and soccer program for grades 3-5. 

>► % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 86% / 94% Math 85% / 75% 

>► % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 64% / 7 1 % Math 46% / 59% 

Hamilton Elementary School 

198 Strathmore Rd., Brighton 02135 

Ellen McCarthy, Principal 

® 617-635-8388 Hours: 8:30-2:30 

Special features: 

• Strong academic program with science, 
music, and computer specialists 

• A new computer lab and computers in 
every classroom 

• Physical education program at Boston 
University 

• Tutors from Boston College, Boston 
University and Bentley College in 
classes every week 

• School based counseling for students 
with Brighton/Allston Mental Health 
counselor 

• New schoolyard 

• Read Excellence grant to support 
primary literacy 

• Partnership with the Jackson/Mann 
Community Center providing family 
literacy events/program for families. 

>► % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 100%/ 100% Math 87% / 86% 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 65% / 37% Math 62% / 34% 



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Harvard/Kent Elementary School 

50 Bunker Hill St., Charlestown 02129 

Sue Ellen Hogan, Principal 

® 617-635-8358 Hours: 9:25-3:25 

Special features: 

• An award-winning staff, including Golden 
Apple Awards, private foundation 
winners, and a published author 

• Pride in being diverse, determined, and 
dynamic 

• Warm and caring atmosphere 

• State-of-the-art programs for beginning 
readers using a multi-sensory, multi- 
skills approach to language arts 

• PC and Mac computer labs; and at least 
one computer in every classroom 

• Collaboration with the Museum of Fine 
Arts, Museum of Science, New England 
Aquarium, Peabody Museum, Children's 
Museum, Computer Museum, the 
National Center of Afro-American 
Artists, and the Arts Are Academic 
community 

• Adopted by the U.S. S. Constitution 

• Special programs such as Math Night, 
Bedtime Story Hour, Guest Club, Drama 
Club, Computer Club, parents and 
children counselling services, MGH 
Health Center (Project If) 

• A bright, beautifully designed school, in 
"first-class" condition. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 90% / 90% Math 77% / 84% 

>► % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 63% / 59% Math 56%o / 48% 

Hurley Elementary School 

70 Worcester St., Boston 02118 

Nora E. Fou, Principal 

® 617-635-8489 Hours: 8:30-2:30 

Special features: 

• Two-way English-Spanish program: 
Students applying for grades 3-5 must 
attend an orientation to the two-way 
program with their families, 
participate in an informal interview, 
and take a language proficiency 
assessment in Spanish and English to 
determine their ability to succeed in 
the program. 

• "Hands-on" teaching in science and 
math 

• Schoolwide writing program and a 
home/school reading awareness program 

• Full-time computer, science, health, and 
physical education teachers 



• Boston Ballet City Dance 

• Partnerships with Boston College, City 
Mission Society/Artist in Residence 
Program, Copley Place, Northeastern 
University, and South End Clinic 

• A poet and other artists who work with 
students every week 

• A Student Support Team. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 74% / 68% Math 54% / 56% 

>► % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 61% / 57% Math 40% / 38% 

Jackson/Mann Elementary School 

40 Armington St., Allston 02134 

Joanne Collins Russell, Principal 

© 617-635-8532 Hours: 7:30-1:30 

Special features: 

An intensive, highly structured teaching 

and learning program that focuses on 

literacy for all 

Full inclusion of children with 

disabilities in regular classes 

Strong program for deaf children in its 

or^l/aural program 

A comprehensive program for autistic 

students 

Wide use of computer-assisted 

instruction 

Strong support for English language 

learners 

Visual arts, music, foreign language, 

science, and physical education classes 

Professional development school for 

teacher training with Boston College, 

Boston University, and Wheelock 

College 

• Successful business partnership with 
Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., and 
"literacy links" with Weston High 
School, Read America, and Young 
Audiences 

• A strong family partnership which 
engages parents and guardians in the 
social/academic progress of children on 
a daily basis. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 93% / 87% Math 71%/ 78% 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 87% / 63% Math 70% / 55% 



P. J. Kennedy Elementary School 

343 Saratoga St., East Boston 02128 

Eugene Ellis, Principal 

® 617-635-8466 Hours: 9:20-3:20 

Special features: 

• Award-winning computer programs, a 
state-of-the-art computer lab, a media 
center with eight computers, Internet 
access, and a computer in every 
classroom 

• An exciting math program called 
Mathland, and Math Magic after school 
tutoring program 

• Annual book fair and Science Fair 

• Four Lead Teachers, tops in their 
profession 

• Full time librarian 

• A school newspaper and a weekly parent 
newsletter 

• A transition-to-Kindergarten program, 
and teaming of Kindergarten and grade 4 
students for reading practice 

• Counseling, mentoring, and ESL 

• Art and music programs, dancing with 
Boston Ballet, and student performances 

• Full time physical education teacher, 
and a great soccer and writing program 
with New England SCORES 

• Annual field day and holiday bazaar 

• Newly renovated building. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 93% / 9 1 % Math 89% / 83% 

>► % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 83 % / 92% Math 65% / 7 1 % 

Lyon School (K-8) 

50 Beechcroft St., Brighton 02135 
Mary Nash, Principal 



©617-635-7945 



Hours: 9:20-3:20 



Special features: 

• Before and after school "surround care" 
from 7:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

• Full integration of students with 
disabilities and regular education 
students in small classes, each of which 
is staffed with a teacher and an assistant 

• Highly qualified staff: All teachers hold 
Master's degrees and are certified in 
both regular and special education 

• The highest staff attendance rate in the 
city 

• Over-chosen by parents since 1 993 

• Winner of many awards 

• Partnerships with Boston College, 
Wheelock College, and Walker School. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1 999 & 2000: 
Reading 80% / 9 1 % Math 63% / 76% 



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>► % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 100% / 91% Math 100%/ 100% 

>- % passing Gr. 8 MCAS: 
No Grade 8 in 1999 or 2000. 

Mason Elementary School 

150 Norfolk Ave., Roxbury 02119 

Janet Palmer-Owens, Principal 

® 617-635-8405 Hours: 8:30-2:30 

Special features: 

• A U. S. Dept. of Education "National 
Blue Ribbon School of Excellence" 

• A Mass. Dept. of Education 
demonstration site for early literacy 

• Citywide Math Learning Site 

• Early Childhood program for ages 3 and 
4, with after school surround care 

• Cited twice by the U. S. Dept. of 
Education for its exemplary reading 
program 

• Small class sizes (15-20 students), 
classroom math mentors, and reading 
tutors 

• Wired for the Internet, with computers 
in every classroom 

• Naturalist-in-residence and science 
specialist for all grades 

• Intensive reading and writing program 
for Kindergarten 

• Two individual parent conferences a 
year, and workshops for parents on 
supporting children's reading, writing 
and math 

• Swimming, music, art, and storytelling 

• Many business, community, and 
university partners 

• On-site counseling for children and 
families. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 91%/ 88% Math 83% / 77% 

>► % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 97% / 85% Math 89% / 67% 



McKay School (K-8) 

122 Cottage St., East Boston 02128 
Janie Ortega, Principal 
©617-635-8510 Hours: 8:25-2:25 

Special features: 

• Focus on professional development for 
staff and improved instruction for 
students 

• Part of the National Institute for Urban 
School Reform, which funds our whole 
school change effort through Leadership 
Institutes for staff 

• Its own literacy model, which addresses 
the needs of all students in kindergarten- 
grade 8 

• Bilingual and special education 
programs which include mainstreaming 
into regular classrooms 

• Specialists in music, art, theatre arts, 
technology, Spanish, and physical 
education 

• Opportunities for parent education and 
involvement through a parent facilitator 
and Families First 

• Two technology labs which feature the 
latest in technology 

• Active partnerships with Cabot Corp. 
and Boston Partners in Education. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 82% / 83% Math 35% / 57% 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 54% / 46% Math 3 8% / 39% 

> % passing Gr. 8 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 65% / 97% Math 6% / 32% 

North Zone Early Learning Center 

at the Jackson/Mann School 

40 Armington St., Allston 02134 

Graciela Hopkins, Principal 

® 617-635-8409 Hours: 7:30-6:00 

Special features: 

• All-day program for all students from 
7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

• Inclusion of students with disabilities in 
all classes 

• Small classes and a developmental 
curriculum which nurtures young 
children 

• Music, science, and physical education 

• Computers in all classrooms 

• Work-study site for Boston University 

• Library rich with materials for young 
children and their parents 

• Literacy tutors in all classes from 
Boston University 

• Two grants for schoolyard improvement 



• Use of the Jackson/Mann School's large 
gymnasium and cafeteria. 

O'Donnell Elementary School 

33 Trenton St., East Boston 02128 

John Waggett, Principal 

® 617-635-8454 Hours: 9:25-3:25 

Special features: 

• Focus on high expectations 

• A 2 1 St century technology plan, with 
two fully equipped computer labs, 
computers in every classroom, and 
Internet access 

• Literacy program (ELIC/LLIFE) in 
kindergarten-grade 5 that is integrated 
through all subjects 

• Extra support for at-risk students with 
Reading and Math specialists in ESL 
and WKRP phonics program 

• Supportive ESL program tutoring for at- 
risk students 

• Alliance East member, a working 
partnership with other East Boston 
schools 

• Partnerships with Little, Brown and Co., 
Boston Private Industry Council, Boston 
Ballet 

• Summer tutoring and a summer 
schoolyard program 

• Commitment to an active parent- 
community partnership 

• Award winning playground and 
landscaped schoolyard and renovated 
school building. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 90% / 80% Math 63% / 64% 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 85% / 87% Math 71%/ 69% 

Otis Elementary School 

218 Marion St., East Boston 02128 

Thomas Connelly, Principal 

® 617-635-8372 Hours: 8:30-2:30 

Special features: 

• Multilingual teaching staff 

• Success for All, an effective new 
method for teaching language arts 
devised and supervised by Johns 
Hopkins University 

• 13 computers linked to the Internet 
through the computer/library lab 

• Instruction in art, music, and language in 
a totally integrated, multicultural 
environment 

• In-school counseling for kindergarten- 
grades 5 



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• Active partnerships with Johnson & 
Higgins, Wheelock College, UMass 
Boston, and Boston College through 
their student teaching programs 

• Strong parent involvement through 
parent councils in English, Spanish, and 
Portuguese 

• ESL for adults after school through our 
Project Excel partnership 

• ReadBoston family literacy program. 
>► % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 

Reading 93% / 83% Math 84% / 68% 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 78% / 83% Math 48% / 79% 

Quincy Elementary School 

885 Washington St., Boston 02111 

Suzanne Lee, Principal 

© 617-635-8497 Hours: 9:25-3:25 

Special features: 

• Mandarin language instruction for all 
students 

• Winner of an Excellence in Education 
Award from the U. S. Dept. of 
Education 

• Traditional and new teaching methods in 
recognition of the many learning styles 
of our students 

• Departmentalization in grades 4 and 5 

• Use of the Internet in each classroom 

• After school clubs, orchestra, African- 
American and Asian-American dance 
troupes, School Olympics, and more 

• Partnerships with Fleet Bank of Boston, 
New England Medical Center, and 
Suffolk University; and volunteers from 
City Year and Junior Achievement 

• Curriculum updates for parents so they 
know what their children are learning 

• Bright, modem facility in a complex 
with two swimming pools, rooftop play 
decks, two state-of-the-art play 
structures, gym, auditorium, community 
center, and health center. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 96% / 92% Math 89% / 89% 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 86% / 94% Math 84% / 87% 



Tobin School (K-8) 

40 Smith St., Roxbury 02120 

Janet Short, Principal 

© 617-635-8393 Hours: 9:25-3:25 

Special features: 

• Literacy model: Primary & Intermediate 
Literacy Collaborative Program (Lesley 
College) 

• Spanish bilingual and monolingual 
classes for K-5 

• Specialists: Librarian, Music, Science, 
World Language 

• Student Support Coordinator; on-site 
counseling and social services 

• The Tobin School Family Support 
Program, with a Family Center staffed 
by Parenting Partners 

• Arts Theme School, with guest artists 
and performances, including Urban 
Improv, an Alvin Alley Dance 
Residency, and schoolwide productions 

• Partnership with Brigham & Women's 
Hospital; and works with the Harvard 
School of Public Health, Mass. College 
of Art, Gardner Museum, and the Red 
Sox. 

>► % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 77% / 84% Math 5 1 % / 5 3% 

>► % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 64% / 48% Math 44% / 53% 

>► % passing Gr. 8 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 73% / 95% Math 54% / 1 9% 

Warren/Prescott Elementary 
School 

50 School St., Charlestown 02129 

Domenic Amara, Principal 

© 617-635-8346 Hours: 8:30-2:30 

Special features: 

• Physical education, art, music, and 
computer specialists 

• Computers, multimedia, and printed 
material to support teaching and learning 

• Focus on mathematics 

• Student support team 

• Professional development programs with 
MIT and UMass Boston 

• Use of the facilities of the Charlestown 
Boys & Girls Club 

• Partnerships with Price Waterhouse 
Coopers, Ropes & Gray, the Science 
Museum, and Boston Partners in 
Education 

• Support from the Mentor Counseling 
Services and Bunker Hill Health Center 

• Strong drama program, with four school 



plays and other presentations each year 

• Many programs to encourage and 
improve reading 

• A new playground. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 89% / 75% Math 77% / 82% 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 81%/ 86% Math 84% / 95% 

Winship Elementary School 

54 Dighton St., Brighton 02135 

Antonio Barbosa, Principal 

© 617-635-8399 Hours: 9:20-3:20 

Special features: 

Regular education and Spanish bilingual 

programs for Pre-K (3 year olds) to 

grade 5 

Uninterrupted reading block from 9:00- 

1 1 :00 a.m. in kindergarten and grades 1 

and 2 

Literature-based reading programs in 

English and Spanish 

Science and computer instruction in 

grades K-5 

Music instruction with a multicultural 

perspective in grades Pre-K to 5 

Title I support services in ESL, reading, 

native language, and Reading Recovery 

Visiting artist programs in music, dance 

and art 

Parent Center Book Swap for children 

and adults 

Nature Sanctuary and playground to 

bring learning outdoors. 
>► % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 

Reading 78% / 82% Math 74% / 79% 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 66% / 69% Math 61%/ 44% 

Winthrop Elementary School 

35 Brookford St., Dorchester 02125 

Emily Shamieh, Principal 

© 617-635-8379 Hours: 9:25-3:25 

Special features : 

• Partnership with Tufts University to 
develop proficiency in literacy 

• Reading Recovery program to address 
needs of at-risk students in grade 1 

• After-school remediation for at-risk 
students in grades 3-4 

• Upgraded library/media facility 

• Computer lab, plus Internet access in 
many classrooms 

• On-site counseling and support available 

• Family involvement opportunities, 
including: 



NORTH ZONE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 



NORTH ZONE MIDDLE SCHOOLS 




- Link with Schools of Choice 
Partnership, which provides a parent 
outreach worker and a network to 
develop best practices for family 
involvement 

- 3-4 Family Curriculum Nights per 
year (with food and childcare) 

- Kindergarten Welcome for families 
in August 

- Bi-monthly "Winthrop Words" 
newsletter 

- Telephone and written 
communication from teachers 

- Active School Parents' Council 
• Specialists on staff: art, physical 

education, music (chorus grades 3-5), 
computer, and science. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 66% / 72% Math 56% / 59% 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 70% / 55% Math 60% / 48% 

Elementary school students who live in the 
North Zone can also apply for three 
citywide K-8 schools: the Hernandez 
School, Mission Hill School, and Young 
Achievers Science & Math School. Please 
see pages 11-12. 



North Zone 

Middle 

Schools 



TEST RESULTS 

Following each school's "special features," 
you will find 1999 and 2000 schoolwide 
results for the Stanford 9 and Mass. 
Comprehensive Assessment System 
(MCAS) reading and math tests. 

Stanford 9. "% passing" means the 
percentage of students who scored at Level 
2 (partial mastery), Level 3 (solid 
performance/ready for next grade) and 
Level 4 (superior/above grade level). 
Middle school students take the Stanford 9 
reading and math tests in grades 6-8. 

MCAS. "% passing" means the percentage 
of students who scored at Level 2 (needs 
improvement). Level 3 (proficient), and 
Level 4 (advanced). The MCAS is given in 
grades 4, 8 and 10. 



Dearborn Middle School 

35 Greenville St., Roxbury 02119 
Teresa Soares-Pena, Principal 
© 617-635-8412 Hours: 

Mon.-Thurs.: 7:30-3:20 
Friday: 7:30-12:40 

Special features: 

• Project Promise, an extended day 
program that has won several awards, 
including the Freedom Foundation 
George Washington Medal 

• Cluster organization: each grade works 
with a team of teachers committed to the 
Project Promise philosophy that 
emphasizes reading, writing, math, and 
critical thinking skills 

• Multimedia library and an Internet- 
connected computer in each classroom 

• Literacy & Learning (LLIFE), Soar to 
Success, and READ 180 

• School and community-based 
counseling 

• Chorus, after school sports, pen pals, 
mentoring, tutoring, enrichment, 
multicultural performances, and student 
support services 



• Partnerships and career awareness 
programs with Federal Reserve Bank, 
Trammell Crow Company, Harvard 
University, Boston Partners in 
Education, and WGBH 

• Affiliation with the Center for 
Collaborative Education "Turning 
Points" program and the Leadership 
Development Initiative with Harvard 
University and Fleet Financial 

• Literacy & Math support by staff from 
3:30-5:15 p.m. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 72% / 77% Math 47% / 43% 

> % passing Gr. 8 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 46% / 65% Math 1 0% / 7% 

Edison Middle School 

60 Glenmont Rd., Brighton 02135 

Elliot Stern, Principal 

® 617-635-8436 Hours: 7:20-1:30 

Special features: 

Organization of students in mini-schools 

with a team of teachers who meet daily 

to plan together and talk with parents 

Peer Mediation program to train students 

in conflict resolution 

Small group, intensive instruction in 

English language arts and math for low 

scoring students 

Integration of bilingual and special 

needs students 

Japanese and French language 

instruction 

Macintosh computer lab 

Partnerships with Boston University and 

Boston College 

Music, art and physical education 

classes 

New math curriculum that challenges all 

students 

Computer education across the 

curriculum 

Teaching with themes and cooperative 

learning to encourage students to be 

critical thinkers and active learners 
80-minute blocks of teaching time 

which combine social studies, language 

arts, math, and science 

Gear Up Program that involves students 

in academic and exploratory programs to 

increase exposure to college 

opportunities. 
>■ % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 

Reading 82% / 85% Math 70% / 68% 

> % passing Gr. 8 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 65% / 74% Math 1 8% / 3 1 % 



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Edwards Middle School 

28 Walker St., Charlestown 02129 

Elaine Koury, Principal 

© 617-635-8516 Hours: 7:20-1:30 

Special features: 

• Computers and the Internet for research 
projects 

• Clusters of students by grade, with 
special needs and bilingual students in 
all clusters 

• On-site support services provided by 
university interns, Boston University, 
Bunker Hill Community Health Center 
psychologists, Big Sisters program, 
South End Community Health Center, 
and Boston Police 

• Active partnerships with Keane 
Corporation, Citizens Bank, and three 
schools of education: Boston University, 
Harvard, and Simmons 

• Theater arts 

• A math & science initiative with Boston 
Partners in Education, and an annual 
schoolwide science fair: Every student 
does a project 

• Exploration of career opportunities, with 
guest speakers and a Career Day 

• "Stay in School" program, with support 
from McDonald's, the NBA, and Sports 
Museum. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 83% / 80% Math 51%/ 44% 

>- % passing Gr. 8 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 77% / 65% Math 43% / 28% 

Lyon School (K-8) 

50 Beechcroft St., Brighton 02135 

Mary Nash, Principal 

© 617-635-7945 Hours: 9:20-3:20 

The Mary Lyon School is open to students 
in K2-Grade 8 who live in the North Zone. 
Please see page 27. However, please 
consider that current 5th graders are 
guaranteed a seat through grade 8. 
Therefore, the school will have fewer than 
5 seats available for new assignments to 
grades 6-8. 

McKay School (K-8) 

122 Cottage St., East Boston 02128 

Janie Ortega, Principal 

© 617-635-8510 Hours: 8:25-2:25 

The Donald McKay School is open to 
students in K2-grade 8 who live in the 
North Zone. Please see page 28. However, 



please consider that current 5th graders 
are guaranteed a seat through grade 8. 
Therefore, the school will have fewer than 
5 seats available for new assignments to 
grades 6-8. 

Quincy Upper School 

900 Washington Street, Boston 02111 
Bak Fun Wong, Principal 
© 617-635-1515 Hours: 

Mon.-Thurs.: 8:25-4:30 
Friday: 8:25-3:25 

Special features: 

• A "pilot" school that will join with the 
Quincy Elementary School to create the 
only unified K-12 school in the Boston 
Public Schools 

• Guaranteed admission to students 
currently enrolled in the Quincy 
Elementary School: Any remaining 
seats will be available to students living 
in the North Zone. 

• A continuation of the mission, culture, 
and climate of the Quincy Elementary 
School 

• Mandarin language instruction required 
for all 6"' graders 

• Unique organization in four "pavilions": 
Information for science, math, and 
technology; Cultural, developing 
historical and cultural sensitivities; 
Pathfinding, encouraging individual 
expression and exploring 2 1 st century 
issues and encouraging individual 
expression through art, music, and 
physical education; and Renewal, 
focusing on mental, physical, and 
emotional health 

• Family contracts requiring parent 
involvement, parent education, and 
student compliance with the Code of 
Discipline. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 2000: 
Reading 87% Math 79% 

> % passing MCAS: 

No Grade 8 in 1999 & 2000. 

Taft Middle School 

20 Warren St., Brighton 02135 

Irene McCarthy, Principal 

© 617-635-8428 Hours: 7:20-1:30 

Special features: 

• Organized in clusters of students with 
teaching teams for personal attention 

• Top-notch computer technology and 
instruction 



• Full inclusion of students with 
disabilities in regular education 
classrooms 

• Many electives: Art, dance, theater arts, 
media technology, and physical 
education 

• Partnerships with the Museum of 
Science, Citizen Schools, Young 
Audiences, Voyages in Learning, 
Harvard School of Education, WGBH/ 
Channel 2, Boston College Kids on 
Campus, St. Elizabeth's Hospital, the 
Boston University Consortium, and 
Boston Police Dept. 

• Saturday morning sports, mentors, 
tutors, and pen pals through our 
partnership with Harvard Business 
School 

• Stay in School program with support 
from McDonalds and the Boston Celtics 

• Recipient of an Obey Porter grant and a 
Reading Is Fundamental grant (for the 
20th year!) 

• A weekly advisor/advisee program. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 83% / 82% Math 56% / 50% 

> % passing Gr. 8 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 73% / 75% Math 20% / 27% 

Tobin School (K-8) 

40 Smith St., Roxbury 02120 

Janet Short, Principal 

© 617-635-8393 Hours: 9:25-3:25 

The Maurice Tobin School is open to 
students in K2-Grade 8 who live in the 
North Zone. Please see page 29. However, 
please consider that current 5th graders 
are guaranteed a seat through grade 8. 
Therefore, the school will have fewer than 
5 seats available for new assignments to 
grades 6-8. 

Umana/Barnes Middle School 

312 Border St., East Boston 02128 

Edward Cook, Principal 

© 617-635-8481 Hours: 7:20-1:30 

Special features: 

• Organized in clusters of students with 
teams of five or more teachers 

• Many electives: computers, art, home 
economics, music, foreign languages, 
theater arts, and physical education 

• Readers'/Writers' Workshop literacy 
program 

• Opportunity for students with 
disabilities to participate in the Special 
Olympics 



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• Partnerships with Textron Defense, 
Shaw's, Wentworth Institute, 
Northeastern U., Harvard U., UMass 
Boston, GEAR UP (Higher Education 
Council), and others 

• Water Safety program, available to all 
students 

• Stay in School program, with support 
from the BPS, McDonald's, the Boston 
Celtics, Sprite, and the Sports Museum 

• Recipient of many grants for special 
education, math, science, and ' 
technology 

• School and community-based 
counseling. 

>► % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 81%/ 77% Math 56% / 64% 

> % passing Gr. 8 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 60% / 64% Math 26% / 23% 

Middle school students who live in the 
North Zone can also apply for five citywide 
schools: Hernandez (Kindergarten-grade 
8), M. L. King Jr. (grades 6-8), Mission 
Hill School (Kindergarten-grade 8), Timilty 
(grades 6-8), and Young Achievers 
(Kindergarten-grade 7). Please see pages 
11-12. However, please consider that 
current 5th graders at the Hernandez, 
Mission Hill, and Young Achievers are 
guaranteed a seat through grade 8. 
Therefore, these schools will have fewer 
than 5 seats available for new assignments 
to grades 6-8. 



West Zone 

Elementary 

Schools 



TEST RESULTS 

Following each school's "special features," 
you will find 1999 and 2000 schoolwide 
results for the Stanford 9 and Mass. 
Comprehensive Assessment System 
(MCAS) reading and math tests. 

Stanford 9. "% passing" means the 
percentage of students who scored at Level 
2 (partial mastery), Level 3 (solid 
performance/ready for next grade) and 
Level 4 (superior/above grade level). In 
2000, the Stanford 9 reading and math tests 
were given in grades 3, 5-9, and 11. In 
1999, they were given in those same 
grades, with one exception: Grade 3 did not 
take the reading test. 

MCAS. "% passing" means the percentage 
of students who scored at Level 2 (needs 
improvement). Level 3 (proficient), and 
Level 4 (advanced). The MCAS is given in 
grades 4, Sand 10. 

Agassiz Elementary School 

20 Child St., Jamaica Plain 02130 

Alfredo Nuiiez, Principal 

® 617-635-8198 Hours: 9:20-3:20 

Special features : 

• One of only five schools using the 
acclaimed Success for All reading 
program 

• Requirement that all student keep a 
journal 

• Multicultural curriculum, with art, 
music, dance, literature, and guest artists 
from all over the world 

• A unique "outdoor classroom" — the 
Agassiz Arboleda — and an 
enviroiunental science program from the 
Audubon Society 

• Two computer labs and schoolwide 
Internet connections 

• Part-time parent liaison. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 78% / 76% Math 53% / 72% 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 68% / 47% Math 69% / 40% 



Bates Elementary School 

426 Beech Street, Roslindale 02131 

Catherine James, Principal 

© 617-635-8064 Hours: 9:25-3:25 

Special features: 

• Whole Language, Guided Novel 
Reading, and a home reading program to 
reinforce the new Citywide Learning 
Standards 

• Early literacy program for Kindergarten- 
grade 2: ELLI and Reading Recovery 

• "Hands-on" approach for math, science, 
and computer 

• Use of creative arts to learn about 
Boston's many cultures and traditions 

• Schoolwide thematic units to unify the 
curriculum 

• School newspaper 

• Tutors from Boston Partners in 
Education 

• Parent Center and sttong parent 
involvement 

• Partnerships with Lesley College. 

>► % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 90% / 78% Math 79% / 78% 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 71%/ 69% Math 56% / 6 1 % 

Beethoven Elementary School 

5125 Washington St., 

West Roxbury 02132 

James E. Kirk, Principal 

® 617-635-8149 Hours: 9:25-3:25 

Special features: 

• Specialists in music, art, physical 
education, and computers 

• State-of-the-art computer lab and a 
schoolwide computer network with 
access to the Internet 

• Large auditorium for music and physical 
education 

• Member of the Accelerated Schools 
Network, with high expectations for all 
students 

• Major curriculum focus on writing 

• Parent Center 

• Parent-organized Home Reading 
Program for grades 1-5 

• Partnerships with Boston Community 
Services, Xerox, Boston College, Arnold 
Arboretum, and the West Roxbury Civic 
& Improvement Association 

• An overchosen school for many years 

• New community playground and 
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> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 86% / 95% Math 87% / 85% 

>► % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 85% / 70% Math 87% / 78% 

Blue Hill Ave. Early Education 
Center 

263 Blue Hill Ave., Roxbury 02119 

Valerie C. Gumes, Principal 

© 617-635-6446 Hours: 7:30-6:00 

Special features. ■ 

Small classes, with one adult for every 

10 students 

All-day program for all students, 7:30 

a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Children with disabilities included in all 

classes 

Language support services for students 

whose first language is not English 

"Looping": teachers and students stay 

together for two years of seamless 

learning 

Music and dance programs for all 

students 

Highly qualified staff 

20% of seats set aside for children who 

live in the East and North zones within 

one mile of the school. 

Full partner with Wheelock College of 

Education focusing on student 

achievement 

Parent partnerships in all aspects of the 

school organization and curriculum 

Full-time librarian who promotes 

literacy and technology skill building in 

a spacious library 

Technology-based Waterford Early 

Reading Program to support our school 

developed reading system. 

Conley Elementary School 

450 Poplar St., Roslindale 02131 

Edna Cason, Principal 

® 617-635-8099 Hours: 8:30-2:30 

Special features: 

• Safe and nurturing learning environment 

• Newly designed schoolyard featuring 
amphitheater and outdoor science 
classroom 



Professional Dance Company Artist and 

Resident 

Art, Music and Physical Education 

classes 

Computer lab and direct access to the 

Internet in several classrooms 

Part of the Reading Success Network 

literacy initiative 

Active School Parent Council 

Training site for student teachers fi"om 

area colleges and universities 

On-site counseling for students through 

Family Services of Greater Boston 

Junior Achievement and Boy Scouts of 

America Learning for Life programs 

Member of the Accelerated Schools 

Program 

Weekly School Newsletter 

Schoolwide Home Reading Program 

Tutors fi-om Boston Partners in 

Education 

Newly organized Boys Scout and Girl 

Scout troop 

Annual Fun Fair and Field Day. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 95% / 93% Math 89% / 88% 

>■ % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 7 1 % / 3 7% Math 5 1 % / 40% 

J. M. Curley Elementary School 

40 Pershing Rd., Jamaica Plain 02130 

Kathleen E. Armstrong, Principal 

® 617-635-8239 Hours: 8:35-2:35 

Special features: 

• Massachusetts Reading Excellence 
Grant recipient 

• Safe and exciting learning environment 

• Literacy focus: model school for Lesley 
University's Literacy Collaborative (LC) 
for kindergarten to grade three 

• Computers in every class that are 
coimected to the Internet 

• Music and art residencies 

• Family Literacy program 

• Two individual parent-teacher 
conferences a year 

• The Writing Center, a fully equipped 
computer lab 

• Partnerships with many local businesses, 
agencies, and universities 

• Annual Math and Science Night 

• Frequent publications, including a 
weekly bulletin, monthly calendar, 
classroom newsletters, and a bimonthly 
magazine 

• Art and physical education 

• On site counseling through SCCAT 



• Active parent-teacher committees and 
programs 

• Strong professional development 
programs in literacy and math for staff. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 81%/ 89% Math 76% / 77% 

>► % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 68% / 75% Math 46% / 57% 

Dickerman Elementary School 

206 Magnolia St., Dorchester 02121 

Jessica Bolt, Principal 

® 617-635-8253 Hours: 9:25-3:25 

Special features: 

• The Success For All literacy program 

• Junior Achievement Program 

• Commitment to family involvement: We 
believe parents are a valuable resource, 
and encourage them to visit the 
classroom or help the teacher 

• Art, computers, and librarian for all 
classes 

• Math enrichment class once a week for 
all classes in grades 1-5 

• Words of Success to begin each day, and 
has quarterly awards assemblies to build 
self-esteem 

• 1 1 -year-old partnership with 
Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency 
that provides mentors for our students in 
grades 3-5 

• State of the art computer lab and a 
schoolwide computer network with 
access to the Internet 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 87% / 80% Math 64% / 67% 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 42% / 58% Math 14% / 43% 

Ellis Elementary School 

302 Walnut Ave., Roxbury 02119 

Carlos R. Gibb, Principal 

® 617-635-8257 Hours: 9:20-3:20 

Special features: 

• Spanish for English-speaking students 

• Two excellent literacy programs: the 
Literacy Collaborative for K-2 and 
Literacy & Learning (LLIFE) for grades 
3-5 

• Individual, group, and family counseling 
and social services through Boston 
Excels 

• Family literacy program with ESL and 
Understanding Children's Math classes 






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• Active library program, with 
storytelling, Internet lessons, and 
research projects 

• Drama, art and chorus 

• Team teaching and grade-level teams of 
teachers to create interdisciplinary 
approaches to teaching 

• Family outreach with a bilingual 
"Parents Matter" team of Boston Excels 
and Annenberg parent liaisons and other 
parents and relatives. 

>- % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 85% / 73% Math 65% / 52% 

>■ % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 47% / 6 1 % Math 3 9% / 40% 

Fuller Elementary School 

25 Glen Rd., Jamaica Plain 02130 

Suzanne Federspiel, Principal 

® 617-635-8221 Hours: 9:15-3:15 

Special features: 

• Innovative schoolwide math program 

• Outstanding literacy programs: The 
Literacy Collaborative from Lesley 
College, and Reading Recovery for first 



graders who need extra help 
Macintosh computer lab, a 
telecommunications room, computers in 
every room, and Internet connections 
Computer Curriculum Corp. computer 
assisted instruction, recommended for 
special education, limited English 
proficient, and talented and gifted 
students 

New library/media center 
Audubon Nature Center Science 
program for grades 3 and 4 
Boston Ballet's City Dance education 
program 

Counseling services from New England 
Home for Little Wanderers 
New schoolyard with outdoor classroom 
Affiliation with the Brookside Family 
Life Center and Dental Program 
Aimual Octoberfest, Fun Fair and Field 
Day 

Strong parent involvement, especially 
the Read Aloud and Weekly Reading 
Contract programs. 
> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 



Reading 96% / 85% Math 92% / 83% 

>► % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 

Reading 86% / 86% Math 53% / 68% 

Hale Elementary School 

51 Cedar St., Roxbury 02119 

Sandra Mitchell-Woods, Principal 

® 617-635-8205 Hours: 8:30-2:30 

Special features: 

• MONDO Balanced Early Literacy 
(BEL) literacy program 

• State-of-the-art computer/media center, 
computers in classrooms, and Internet 
connection 

• Reading Recovery for first graders 

• Universal Free Breakfast program 

• The only school in Boston selected by 
Arnold Arboretum to be a pilot project 
site 

• Featured on Boston's award-winning 
National Fire Safety video/CD 

• Parent Center, Grandparent Support 
Group and Family Literacy Program 

• Partnerships with Citizens Bank, City 
Year, Cruz Construction, Walgreen's, 



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Boston Ballet, Boston Nature Center, 
Arnold Arboretum, Omega Phi, 
Northeastern University, Harvard 
University and Wheelock College 

• Recently modernized building, and 
winner of 5 Boston Schoolyard Initiative 
grants. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 94% / 80% Math 59% / 79% 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 33% / 26% Math 22% / 1 3% 

Haley Elementary School 

570 American Legion Hwy. 

Rosiindale 02131 

Jean L. Dorcus, Principal 

® 617-635-8169 Hours: 8:30-2:30 

Special features: 

• Focus on literacy through the Literacy 
Collaborative and Reading Recovery 
programs, ensuring success for all 
students 

• Specialists in science, technology, music 
and physical education 

• After school tutorial and instrumental 
music program 

• Pilot school for the federally funded 
Peace Zone Program to foster social 
growth 

• Adjacent to the new Mass Audubon 
Boston Nature Center 

• Ongoing Garden/Wetland Project 
supporting interdisciplinary instruction 

• Partnerships with New Balance (arts and 
literacy support). Forest Hills Cemetery 
(field trips to complement arts and 
science education) and the Mass. 
Audubon Society (science education 
through an assigned Teacher Naturalist 
for grades 2/3) to enhance our 
technology and science programs 

• Free breakfast for all through the 
Universal Breakfast program. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 58% / 89% Math 66% / 75% 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 55% / 50% Math 43% / 36% 



Hennlgan Elementary School 

200 Heath St., Jamaica Plain 02130 

Eleanor Kearse-Perry, Principal 

® 617-635-8264 Hours: 8:30-2:30 

Special features: 

• The "Technology School of the Future," 
with two computer labs plus a special 
lab for Project Headlight 

• ESL Immersion, and the Developing/ 
Supporting literacy program, Reading 
Recovery 

• Up-to-date library with state-of-the-art 
computers with CD-ROM encyclopedia 

• Many extracurricular activities: dance, 
theatre, vocal music, New England 
SCORES soccer program, swimming 
(our swim team is a citywide 
champion!), and the arts 

• Partnerships with Lucent Technologies, 
Lesley, Simmons and Wheelock 
colleges, and Northeastern University; 
and works with Athletes In Service 

• Health and counseling services. 

>- % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 88% / 83% Math 76% / 82% 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 57% / 68% Math 54% / 60% 

Higginson Elementary School 

160 Harrishof Street, Roxbury 02119 

Margaret Adams, Principal 

® 617-635-8247 Hours: 9:25-3:25 

Special fea tures : 

• Curriculum revolving around literacy 
and technology 

• Effective teaching: Teachers work in 
teams to plan and share ideas that work 

• Modem computer lab and computers in 
most classrooms 

• Focus on literacy, using a wide variety 
of methods and activities to help 
students learn to read and write in all 
subject areas 

• Literacy specialist to help primary grade 
students who have difficulties in reading 

• Commitment to family involvement: we 
encourage parents to be involved as 
classroom volunteers and school 
decision makers, and at home with our 
Home-School Reading Program. 

• Specialists in computer, music, and 
physical education, promoting 
interdisciplinary approaches to teaching 

• Partnerships for literacy and student 
support, including Urban Edge, 



Wheelock College, and Mass. Society 
for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children 

• Family coordinator to help families 
become involved in school activities. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 1 00% / 70% Math 78% / 48% 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 30% / 45% Math 0% / 24% 

J. F. Kennedy Elementary School 

7 Bolster St., Jamaica Plain 02130 

James Karloutsos, Principal 

® 617-635-8127 Hours: 8:25-2:25 

Special features: 

• Teacher specialization in grade 5 

• Emphasis on basic skills and pride in our 
caring and nurturing environment 

• Full-time specialists in science, music, 
physical education, and computer 

• Individual and small-group counseling 
through the Home for Little Wanderers, 
and group discussions through Martha 
Eliot Health Center 

• Voices of Love and Freedom early 
literacy program 

• Fully equipped computer lab, plus 
computers in all classrooms 

• 90-minute blocks of small group reading 
instruction in grades 1-5 

• Strong character education 

• English as a Second Language (ESL) 
classes for parents 

• Cheerleaders, recorder instruction, 
school monitors (grades 4-5), a school 
newspaper, and monthly motivational 
assemblies. 

>- % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 70% / 83% Math 70% / 81% 

>► % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 73% / 7 1 % Math 56% / 42% 

Kilmer Elementary School 

35 Baker St., West Roxbury 02132 

Thomas E. Byrne Jr., Principal 

® 617-635-8060 Hours: 9:15-3:15 

Special features: 

• Traditional, small, nurturing school 

• Writing-to-Read and Reading Recovery 
to build strong beginning reading skills 

• An average of one teacher for 8 students 
in the grade 1 reading program 

• New computer lab with Internet access, 
where students learn word processing 
and other technology skills 

• Scores above the national average in 
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• Active, supportive parent council 

• Talented And Gifted (TAG) program in 
the computer lab for grades 2-5, tutorial 
program, and library program 

• "Hands on" math and science instruction 

• Varied literacy programs for students 
and parents 

• Member of the nationally recognized 
Accelerated Schools Program 

• Training site for student teachers from 
Boston College, Lesley College, and 
UMass Boston 

• School chorus led by parent volunteers 

• Well maintained and landscaped facility. 
>■ % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 

Reading 93% / 95% Math 94% / 97% 

>► % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 

Reading 84% / 85% Math 76% / 82% 

Lyndon School (K-8) 

140 Russett Rd., West Roxbury 02132 
Upper School Annex: 7 VFW Parkway 
Kate Johnson and Maureen Roach, 
Lead Teachers 

Sherry Brooks-Roberts, Site Facilitator 
® 617-635-6824 Hours, K-3: 9:25-3:25 
Annex, gr. 4-8: 
9:15-3:15 

Special features: 

• A "pilot school," free of many Boston 
Public Schools and Boston Teachers 
Union rules and regulations 

• Innovative team management structure, 
with no principal 

• Governed by the School Site Council, 
which sets school policy and hires and 
evaluates school staff 

• "Looping": teachers and their classes 
stay together for two years 

• Emphasis on thematic learning, team 
teaching, and team building 

• Technology lab and computers in every 
classroom 

• Responsive Classroom as a Social 
Curriculum 

• Student expectations in Literacy and 
Mathematics are published and available 
for all grades 

• Special subjects include: art, computer, 
music, science, and Spanish 

• All teachers engage in ongoing 
professional development to inform their 
practice. 

>- % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 95% / 88% Math 82% / 84% 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 76% / 66% Math 65% / 67% 



> % passing Gr. 8 MCAS: 
No Grade 8 in 1999 & 2000. 

Manning Elementary School 

130 Louders Lane, Jamaica Plain 02130 

Casel E. Walker, Principal 

® 617-635-8102 Hours: 9:25-3:25 

Special features: 

• Birthday Book program which brings 
over 200 new books to our library each 
year 

• Excellent science program and Science 
Center 

• Partners with Faulkner Hospital, which 
provides a health education program for 
students and families 

• Chess Club, Science Club, and a 
Literary Group, open to all students. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 78% / 84% Math 59% / 79% 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 57% / 45% Math 68% / 36% 

Mendell Elementary School 

164 School St., Roxbury 02119 
Mirna Vega Wilson, Principal 
® 617-635-8234 Hours: 9:25-3:25 

Special features: 

• Two computer labs 

• Winner of three School Improvement 
Awards 

• First Steps literacy program 

• Cooperative learning and exciting 
"hands-on" materials to teach math 

• has partnerships with Emmanuel and 
Simmons colleges, Brookside Family 
Center, SCCAT Corporation, Family 
Services of Boston, and the Egleston 
YMCA that provide mentors for the 
after school program, health services, 
counseling, and after school 
programming 

• Half-time ESL teacher 

• Family involvement: we encourage 
parents to observe classes and volunteer 
at any time. 

>► % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 93% / 89% Math 92% / 84% 

>► % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 82% / 56% Math 84% / 43% 



Mozart Elementary School 

236 Beech St., Roslindale 02131 

Albert Taylor Jr., Principal 

® 617-635-8082 Hours: 8:30-2:30 

Special features: 

• Instructional Focus on Literacy and 
Math 

• Use of computers in every classroom 

• Literacy Specialist on staff 

• Specialists on staff music, science, art 
and librarian 

• Partnerships with The Home for Little 
Wanders (provides counseling services) 
and The Greater Boston Jewish 
Coalition for Literacy (provides tutoring 
services) 

• Grants from private and public sources 

• Sfrong parental involvement 

• Safe, nurturing, respectfiil learning 
environment for all students 

• School-based library staffed by librarian. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 78% / 98% Math 67% / 87% 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 95% / 96% Math 70% / 87% 

Ohrenberger Elementary School 

175 West Boundary Rd., 

West Roxbury 02132 

Carol A. Geyer, Principal 

© 617-635-8157 Hours: 8:30-2:30 

Special features: 

• Exceeded expectations in the 1 999-2000 
In-Depth Review city evaluation 

• Affiliation with the Literacy 
Collaborative at Lesley College 

• Outstanding reading programs, and 
journal writing by every student and 
teacher 

• Math coach to help teachers implement 
new math initiatives 

• Computer lab and many computers in 
classrooms, all with Internet access 

• Spanish lessons in Kindergarten-grade 5 

• Art taught through math and literature 

• Volunteer programs with the Home for 
Little Wanderers; and multicultural 
partnerships with Showa Japanese 
University, Boston Partners in Education, 
and Jewish Vocational Services 

• Partnerships for student teachers with 
Boston College, Stonehili, Simmons and 
Curry colleges 

• Grants: Very Special Arts, Bring Back 
the Music for instrumental music, and 
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• Inclusion of students with disabilities in 
regular classrooms 

• Tennis, soccer, baseball, and basketball 

• Full sized gymnasium, with a new 
playground and a soccer field. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 81%/ 86% Math 85% / 79% 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 80% / 64% Math 63% / 65% 

Philbrick Elementary School 

40 Philbrick St., Roslindale 02131 

Stanley Swartz, Principal 

© 617-635-8069 Hours: 9:15-3:15 

Special features: 

• Small school with a strong feeling of 
community 

• Pride in its excellent staff, with a wide 
range of talents and teaching styles, that 
works closely together to meet each 
child's educational needs 

• Focus on building reading and writing 
skills through the nationally acclaimed 
Success for All literacy program from 
Johns Hopkins University 

• In school year 1998-99, ranked by 
Boston Children First as the top 
elementary school in the West Zone and 
second in the Boston Public Schools 

• One of 3 elementary schools to receive 2 
School Improvement Awards in 1999- 
2000 

• Listed in the Digital City web site as one 
of the top 5 Boston public schools 

• Computers in every classroom and is 
wired for the Internet 

• Partnerships with Boston Music 
Education Collaborative, McDonald's, 
Home for Little Wanderers, and Boston 
College 

• Strong support fi-om parent and 
community volunteers as well as 
volunteer tutors from ReadBoston and 
Temple Aliyah in Needham 

• Recipient of three consecutive School 
Improvement Awards for student 
achievement. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 1 00% / 95% Math 95% / 1 00% 



>► % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 95% / 76% Math 69% / 7 1 % 

Sumner Elementary School 

15 Basile Street, Roslindale 02131 

Lourdes Santiago, Principal 

© 617-635-8131 Hours: 9:25-3:25 

Special features: 

Strong focus on literacy and math 

Culture of hard work, high expectations 

and personal pride 

Balanced literacy program supported by 

Lesley College 

Intensive after-school tutoring for third 

grade students who need extra support 

Reading Recovery in English and 

Spanish for at-risk first grade students 

Intercoimected math units and projects 

to support year-long math learning 

"Looping" in several classes: teachers 

stay with the same group of students for 

two years 

Science, art, music, library, physical 

education and computers for all 

students, taught by specialists 

Innovative music classes using 

keyboards provided by Berklee College 

and computers 

State-of-the-art Macintosh computer lab 

Individual and group counseling through 

the Judge Baker Children's Center and 

other agencies 

ESL and Spanish literacy classes for 

parents 

Active Instructional Leadership Team 

and School Site Council 

Inclusion of special education and 

regular education students in the same 

classes 

Full time school nurse 

New schoolyard completed fall of 2000. 

>► % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 82% / 8 1 % Math 80% / 72% 

> % passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 60% / 54% Math 45% / 42% 

Trotter Elementary School 

135 Humboldt Ave., Dorchester 02121 

Joseph Shea, Principal 

® 617-635-8225 Hours: 8:30-2:30 

Special features: 

• Options of single grade classes, multi- 
grade classes and "looping" classes, 
where students can stay two years with 
the same teacher 



Support for beginning readers through 

the Literacy Collaborative and Reading 

Recovery 

State-of-the-art computer learning 

systems 

The Writer's Workshop: all students 

keep writing folders and publish several 

final products each year 

Interconnected math units and projects 

to encourage deep understanding of 

math concepts 

Part of the Boston Music Education 

Collaborative, Boston Ballet, and Very 

Special Arts 

Renowned chorus 

Full-time art, science, geography, 

computer, physical education, and music 

teachers 

Well stocked library and full-time 

librarian 

Enrichment classes in grades 3-5 

Summer reading programs 

Links with Tufts, Wheelock, Lesley, and 

Harvard education professors and interns 

Family counseling on-site with 

Children's & Family Services 

Active family participation and School 

Parent Council 

Full-time nurse 

Beautiful gym and new schoolyard. 

% passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 

Reading 81%/ 75% Math 74% / 58% 

% passing Gr. 4 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 

Reading 64% / 69% Math 43% / 50% 



West Zone Early Learning Center 

Housed in the Hennigan School 
200 Heath Street, Jamaica Plain 02130 
Eunice Da Silva Fernandes, Principal 
® 617-635-8275 Hours: 7:30-6:00 

Special features: 

• A small-school atmosphere with large- 
school facilities 

• Reading Recovery program for first 
graders. Literacy Collaborative model 
used schoolwide 

• Specialty subjects: Art, Music, Science, 
Dance, Computer Technology 

• Computers in every classroom 
coimected to the Internet 

• All classes taught by early childhood 
specialists 

• High teacher/pupil rafio and curriculum 
geared to the unique learning needs of 
young children 

• An inclusive program: bilingual and 



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special education students are integrated 
in all classes 

• Collaboration with Community Music 
Center, MJT Dance Co., Children's 
Museum, and the Gardner Museum 

• Health services with full-time family 
nurse practitioner, community and 
university affiliations 

• Parent liaison and community field 
coordinator. 

Elementary school students who live in the 
West Zone can also apply for three citywide 
K-8 schools: the Hernandez School, 
Mission Hill School, and Young Achievers 
Science & Math School. Please see pages 
11-12. 



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Middle 

Schools 



TEST RESULTS 

Following each school's "special features," 
you will find 1999 and 2000 bchoolwide 
results for the Stanford 9 and Mass. 
Comprehensive Assessment System 
(MCAS) reading and math tests. 

Stanford 9. "% passing" means the 
percentage of students who scored at Level 
2 (partial mastery), Level 3 (solid 
performance/ready for next grade) and 
Level 4 (superior/above grade level). 
Middle school students take the Stanford 9 
reading and math tests in grades 6-8, 

MCAS. "% passing" means the percentage 
of students who scored at Level 2 (needs 
improvement), Level 3 (proficient), and 
Level 4 (advanced). The MCAS is given in 
grades 4, 8 and 10. 

Mary Curley Middle School 

493 Centre St., Jamaica Plain 02130 
Miguel Prieto, Principal 



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Special features: 

• Divided into three academies, each 
directed by a coordinator who speaks 



English and Spanish. Each academy is 
divided into small teams of students and 
teachers. 

• Small classes of about 22 students and 
one teacher 

• Specialists in Spanish, French, visual 
and performing arts, health/physical 
education, and others 

• Drop Everything And Read for 30 
minutes every day 

• Gear Up after-school program to 4 PM 
with tutoring, community service, 
homework help, and activities. 

>■ % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 73% / 71% Math 34% / 37% 

>► % passing Gr. 8 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 57% / 6 1 % Math 15%/ 9% 

Irving Middle School 

105 Cummins Hwy., Roslindale 02131 

Richard Maloney, Principal 

® 617-635-8072 Hours: 7:20-1:30 

Special features: 

• Organized into clusters of five classes 
and six teachers, so teachers work as a 
team, know their students, and are better 
able to craft effective programs for them 

• Reading and math specialists resident in 
Grade 6 for additional instruction where 
needed 

• Math instruction in 90 minute periods 
for most students in all grades 

• Weekly academic department meetings 

• Cluster meetings every Friday when 
teachers can plan together and meet with 
parents 

• Parents encouraged to be a part of the 
team and to attend cluster meetings. 

>► % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 84% / 85% Math 54% / 58% 

>► % passing Gr. 8 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 76% / 66% Math 33% / 24% 

Lewis Middle School 

131 Walnut Ave., Roxbury 02119 

Brenda Jones, Principal 

® 617-635-8137 Hours: 7:20-1:30 

Special features: 

• Multi-level, across-subject approach to 
learning, with a focus on literacy and 
math and a schoolwide reading program, 
with extended time in reading and math 

• Choral program with performances for 
I ambassadors, national conferences, the 



Mayor, judges, and professional 
organizations 

• Master classes with the Alvin Alley 
Dance Troupe 

• IBM computer lab with Internet access 

• Winner of Middle MAST grants for 
math, science, and technology for the 
past 5 years, including on-line weather 
station and a $ 1 0,000 award 

• Partnerships, programs, and activities 
with Northeastern University, UMass 
Boston, Boston University, Arts in 
Progress, MassPEP pre-engineering 
program, Boston Conservatory, and 
Huntington Theater 

• Recipient of a Steppingstone Foundation 
Award 

• Parent Center, a full time parent 
coordinator, and classes for parents in 
math and reading 

• Kids to College program with Boston 
University 

• On-site counseling for students and 
families with Dimock and Martha Eliot 
health centers 

• Newly renovated and beautifiilly 
landscaped facility. 

>► % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 72% / 79% Math 35% / 40% 

>► % passing Gr. 8 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 59% / 63% Math 8% / 1 7% 

Lyndon School (K-8) 

140 Russett Rd., West Roxbury 02132 
Upper School Annex: 7 VFW Parkway 
© 617-635-6336 Hours: 9:15-3:15 

The Patrick Lyndon School is open to 
students in K2-grade 8 who live in the 
West Zone. Please see page 3 7. However, 
please consider that current 5th graders 
are guaranteed a seat through grade 8. 
Therefore, the school will have fewer than 
5 seats available for new assignments to 
grades 6-8. 

R. G. Shaw Middle School 

20 Mt. Vernon St., West Roxbury 02132 

Shirley Allen, Principal 

® 617-635-8050 Hours: 7:20-1 :30 

Special features: 

• Two computer labs and a library media 
center with Internet access 

• Exciting, technology-based curriculum, 
with Internet access in all classrooms 

• Spanish, art, dance, theater arts, 
computer and physical education classes 




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• Partnership with the Faulkner Hospital 
for guest speakers, innovative course 
offerings, health fairs, contests, and 
more 

• School-to-Career program 

• Inclusion of students with disabilities in 
regular education classes 

• Part of Math Power, using iimovative 
methods to teach math 

• The Thompson Island Outward Bound 
Initiative to build teamwork and self- 
esteem 

• Collaboration with Roxbury 
Comprehensive Health Services 

• Preparation for the admission test to 
Boston's examination schools 

• Recently renovated and upgraded for 
new technology. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 82% / 86% Math 50% / 62% 

> % passing Gr. 8 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 76% / 78% Math 25% / 3 1 % 

Wheatley Middle School 

20 Kearsarge Ave., Roxbury 02119 

James E. Watson, Principal 

© 617-635-8165 Hours: 7:20-1:30 

Special features: 

• Students clustered by grade, with each 
grade in a separate team area 

• Small middle school building with a 
capacity of nearly 330 students 

• Read 180 Lab to help students improve 
reading skills 

• Computer Lab and a Library Media 
Center with Internet access 

• 2 1 St Century Community Learning 
Center which provides after school 
programs 

• Excellent student and staff attendance 

• Partnership with Boston Medical Center 
that provides career education, 
counseling, mentoring, and academic 
support 

• Related Arts Program which includes 
art, music, computers, health and 
physical education and foreign language 

• An elegant main foyer with polished 



marble, stunning hand painted murals, 
and Ionic columns supporting a hand- 
carved ceiling. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 75% / 77% Math 36% / 43% 

>► % passing Gr. 8 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 53% / 67% Math 9% / 1 7% 

Middle school students who live in the West 
Zone can also apply for five citywide 
schools: Hernandez (Kindergarten-grade 
8), M. L. King Jr. (grades 6-8), Mission 
Hill School (Kindergarten-grade 8), Timilty 
(grades 6-8), and Young Achievers 
(Kindergarten-grade 7). Please see pages 
11-12. However, please consider that 
current 5th graders at the Hernandez, 
Mission Hill, and Young Achievers are 
guaranteed a seat through grade 8. 
Therefore, these schools will have fewer 
than 5 seats available for new assignments 
to grades 6-8. 



Citywide 
Higii Sciioois 

TEST RESULTS 

Following each school's "special features,*' 
you will find 1999 and 2000 schoolwide 
results for the Stanford 9 and Mass. 
Comprehensive Assessment System 
(MCAS) reading and math tests. ^H 

Stanford 9. "% passing" means the 
percentage of students who scored at Level 
2 (partial mastery). Level 3 (solid 
performance/ready for next grade) and 
Level 4 (superior/above grade level). High 
school students take the Stanford 9 reading 
and math tests in grades 9 and 1 1 . 

MCAS. "% passing" means the percentage 
of students who scored at Level 2 (needs 
improvement), Level 3 (proficient), and 
Level 4 (advanced). The MCAS is given in 
grades 4, 8 and 10. 



Boston High School 

152 Arlington St., Boston 02116 

Nicole Bahnam, Headmaster 

® 617-635-8937 Hours: 7:25-1:45 

Special features: 

• School divided into three Small 
Learning Communities and a School-to- 
Career major emphasizing strong 
academics, career exploration, and 
connections between school and real 
world of work 

• Award from the Mass. Dept. of 
Education to plan and implement the 
School-to-Career major within the new 
school structure 

• Classes in drama, chorus, visual arts, 
and dance 

• Partnerships with Mass. General 
Hospital, Dana Farber Institute, Fidelity 
Investments, Federal Reserve Bank, 
School of the Museum of Fine Arts and 
universities 

• Full services for multilingual program 

• Adopt a Class, a mentoring program 
with our business partner. Fidelity 
Investments 

• Dual enrollment opportunities for 
college credit courses 

• Student support services, including 
guidance counselors, a school-based 
health center in partnership with New 
England Medical Center, peer 
mediation, financial aid assistance, and 
ACCESS scholarships funds 

• The COACH Program— College 
Opportunity And Career Help — offered 
through Harvard's John F. Kennedy 
School of Government to help seniors 
understand their options for higher 
education and careers to achieve their 
personal goals 

• Award-winning newspaper 

• Cooperative athletics program with 
Snowden International High School and 
Brighton High School. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 50% / 56% Math 16% / 30% 

> % passing Gr. 10 MCAS in 
1999 & 2000: 

Reading 22% / 30% Math 9% / 2 1 % 



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Brighton High School 

25 Warren St., Brighton 02135 

Charles Skidmore, Headmaster 

® 617-635-9873 Hours: 7:25-1 :45 

Special features: 

• A School-to-Career school featuring 
four career pathways: the School of 
Health Professionals; the School of 
Business Services and Technology; the 
School of Media Arts and 
Communication; the School of Law, 
Government and Public Service; and a 
Grade 9 Academy 

• Modem, beautifully renovated, 7,500 
square foot library media center with 24 
networked multimedia computers 
providing state-of-the-art research 
technology for students throughout the 
building 

• College and Career Center to help 
students find information about colleges, 
scholarships, and career training 

• Partnerships with several businesses and 
colleges, such as Boston University, 
Boston College, and WGBH, who 
provide after school and weekend 
support for students and professional 
development for staff 

• Advanced Placement courses in chemistry, 
English, U. S. History, and calculus 

• Inclusion classes for students with 
disabilities 

• Dual language program for increased 
fluency training in Spanish 

• Classes in drama, dance, and the arts, 
with artists in residence 

• Award winning Army JROTC program 

• After school sports, clubs, and 
community service opportunities 

• Winner of several grants, including five- 
year Character Education Program. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 6 1 % / 6 1 % Math 1 9% / 40% 

> % passing Gr. 10 MCAS in 
1999 & 2000: 

Reading 41%/ 32% Math 1 0% / 1 2% 

Jeremiah E. Burl(e High School 

60 Washington St., Dorchester 02121 

Steven Leonard, Headmaster 

© 617-635-9837 Hours: 7:30-1:55 

Special features: 

• Rigorous academic program, AP 
classes — Calculus, Physics, English 
Literature, US History; dance, music, 
visual arts. Marine JROTC 



• Technology magnet: IBM, Macintosh 
labs, computers in every classroom, 
Library/Media Center 

• School-to-Career Pathway-Information 
Technology, CISCO Networking, 
Webpage Design, Journalism, 
MultiMedia 

• Full service Cape Verdean bilingual 
program, guidance services 

• Student support services: guidance, 
comprehensive health center, 
counseling, adolescent parenting, 
College and Career Center, financial aid 
assistance, and ACCESS scholarships 

• Academic enrichment: Burke Works 
after-school tutoring, enrichment, 
credited courses; SAT test preparation 

• Active partnerships with: New England 
Financial, which supports programming, 
student achievement. School Site 
Council; UMass Boston, providing 
Urban Scholars and Admission 
Guaranteed Program; Stop & Shop; and 
Boston Private Industry Council 

• Competitive sports teams, cheerleading, 
and step squad. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 62% / 6 1 % Math 27% / 39% 

> % passing Gr. 10 MCAS in 
1999 & 2000: 

Reading 28% / 37% Math 14% / 22% 

Charlestown High School 

240 Medford St., Charlestown 02129 

Michael Fung, Headmaster 

© 617-635-9914 Hours: 7:20-1:40 

Special features: 

• Divided into a Lower School of small, 
independent learning communities, with 
emphasis on providing students with a 
supportive environment and encouraging 
innovations among teachers and staff; 
and an Upper School of career pathways 
in communications technology, finance 
& economics, law & justice, conference 
& event planning, and advertisement, 
desktop & web page publishing 

• Flexible schedule to enhance learning 
and improve student achievement 

• Enrichment programs such as Harvard 
University's Project IF, MassPEP pre- 
engineering, dual enrollment at Bunker 
Hill Community College, Upward 
Bound at Simmons College, and intern/ 
mentoring programs at Liberty Mutual 
and Bain & Co. 



• Variety of electives, including computer 
programming and networking, 
computer-assisted design and drafting, 
JROTC, ProTech, finance and 
economics, dance, and art 

• Chinese and Spanish bilingual programs 
that are recognized by the State Dept. of 
Education for achieving exceptional 
results in preparing students for college 

• Outstanding math and science programs: 
CHS students are winners in the Boston 
Public Schools and Mass. state science 
fairs 

• Exemplary curriculum for special needs 
students, including the STRIVE work 
release program. 

>- % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 60% / 72% Math 38% / 39% 

> % passing Gr. 10 MCAS in 
1999 & 2000: 

Reading 28% / 1 6% Math 9% / 20% 

Dorchester High School 

9 Peacevale Rd., Dorchester 02124 
Robert N. Belle, Headmaster 
John Leonard, Chief Academic Officer 
© 617-635-8904 Hours: 7:25-1:45 

Special features: 

• Comprehensive high school curriculum, 
bilingual programs in Spanish and 
Haitian Creole, plus special education 

• Innovative 9th grade program, clustered 
classes. Boys Town FAME reading 
curriculum, literacy coaches, in-school 
and after-school tutoring 

• School-To-Career programs: Academy 
of Public Service, Economics/Business 
Academy, Engineering/Technology 
Academy, and Accelerated Academy 

• Advanced Placement in Biology, 
English Literature, Calculus, and C-H- 
Programming 

• Fully accredited with New England 
Association of Schools and Colleges 

• Partnerships with Trefler Foundation, 
Verizon, and UMass Boston offering 
support for student and staff 
development 

• On-site student health care with Codman 
Square Health Center 

• Extensive building improvements: 
Internet access throughout, six computer 
labs, new library/media center, six new 
science labs, and new Parent Center. 

► % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 54% / 5 7% Math 20% / 40% 



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>■ % passing Gr. 10 MCAS in 
1999 & 2000: 
Reading 1 2% / 1 9% Math 4% / 1 1 % 

East Boston High School 

86 White Street, East Boston 02128 
John Poto, Headmaster 
©617-635-9896 Hours 7:20-1:40 

Special features: 

• College preparatory courses: Advanced 
Placement Chemistry and US History; 
calculus, physics, MOUS and Web 
Design 

• Extended time in literacy and math for 
all freshmen and sophomores 

• Eleven small learning communities 
including five School to Career (STC) 
pathways (Travel and Tourism, 
Entrepreneurship, TeachBoston, Health 
Professions and JROTC) and two award 
winning alternative programs (Success 
Academy and FACTS) 

• Business/community/college 
partnerships: Massport scholarships and 
jobs, Babson/Entrepreneurship, UMass 
Boston and Harvard interns; business 
mentors; three job specialists (PIC) and 
Higher Education personnel 

• Family Center staffed full-time by two 
parents and volunteers 

• Every classroom with a minimum of five 
computers with Internet access 

• Twenty-six million dollar construction 
project completed in August, 2000 
including library-media center, athletic 
center and science laboratories 

• School-based health center 

• Championship athletic programs include 
state and city awards 

• Over one million dollars are awarded in 
scholarships. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 60% / 66% Math 2 1 % / 3 1 % 

>► % passing Gr. 1 MCAS in 
1999 & 2000: 
Reading 45% / 33% Math 9% / 1 8% 

The English High School 

144 McBride St., Jamaica Plain 02130 

Jose Duarte, Headmaster 

® 617-635-8979 Hours: 7:25-1:45 

Special features: 

• The oldest public high school in the 
country, founded in 1821 

• High rate of college admissions: we sent 
75% of our 1999 graduates to post- 
secondary schools 



• Physics, chemistry, calculus, 2 
Advanced Placement courses, Virtual 
High School courses, SAT prep, foreign 
languages, and JROTC 

• One computer for every nine students, 
and schoolwide Internet access 

• Small, supportive clusters for grades 9 
and 10 and all bilingual students 

• Diverse student support programs, 
including mentoring program with 
YMCA and award winning mediation 
program 

• Family center and extensive community 
and parent involvement 

• Partnership with John Hancock, State 
Street, and Brigham & Women's 
Hospital 

• Extensive extracurricular programs, 
including nationally recognized Mock 
Trial Team, award winning student 
magazine, and full athletic program for 
male and female students 

• Collaboration with Upward Bound 
programs at Boston University, 
Simmons College and Roxbury 
Community College 

• College and Career Center to assist 
graduates with education and job 
placement 

• MassPEP pre-engineering, ProTech 
medical and financial training, career 
training through the My Turn program. 
Teen Empowerment, and summer jobs 
options 

• Schoolwide focus on writing 

• Modern, wheelchair-accessible facility, 
with a refurbished library/media center. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1 999 & 2000: 
Reading 51%/ 57% Math 1 8% / 28% 

> % passing Gr. 10 MCAS in 
1 999 & 2000: 

Reading 1 9% / 20% Math 6% / 1 4% 

Hyde Park High School 

655 Metropolitan Ave., Hyde Park 02136 

Linda Cabral, Headmaster 

(£> 617-635-8948 Hours: 7:20-1:40 

Special features: 

• Exceptional facility, totally renovated in 
1998-2000 at a cost of $30 million 

• Common planning periods to support 
teaching and learning 

• School wide focus on literacy and math 

• An array of academic courses in the 
sciences, math, and social studies, 
including physics, calculus, and 
economics, and opportunity to enroll in 



a summer pre-calculus course through 
Northeastern University 

• French and Spanish language 
instruction, and a Haitian bilingual 
program 

• The Academy of Finance to enhance the 
college preparatory curriculum 

• Boston's only high school with a 
banking and finance theme: Students can 
enroll in advanced courses in 
accounting, computer applications, 
marketing and entrepreneurship, 
economics, and taxes 

• Technology labs, computers in each 
classroom, Internet access, remodeled 
library media center 

• Partnership with Fleet Bank including 
summer internship employment 
program. 

>■ % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 49% / 57% Math 1 8% / 24% 

> % passing Gr. 10 MCAS in 
1999 & 2000: 
Reading 1 5% / 20% Math 6% / 4% 

Madison Park Technical Vocational 
High School 

75 New Dudley Street/Malcolm X Blvd., 

Roxbury 02120 

Charles McAfee, Headmaster 

© 617-635-8970 Hours: 7:25-1:45 

Special features: 

• Boston's only technical-vocational high 
school, providing students with the solid 
academic preparation required to 
succeed in one of 28 career programs 

• Requirements for enrollment: 
Students interested in applying must 
participate in an orientation and 
assessment process to determine 
readiness for grade 9 and for enrollment 
in technical vocational courses. Some 
students may require more than four 
years to meet graduation requirements. 
Call the school for details. 

• Dual-enrollment college program 
(UMass Boston and Roxbury 
Community College), Virtual High 
School distance learning, and vocational 
internships 

• Student-run businesses, including a 
beauty salon. Cafe Cardinal, and The 
Hut restaurant 

• Excellent athletic programs, an 
outstanding Marine JROTC unit, and an 
award-winning student newspaper. 



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> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 50% / 6 1 % Math 1 5% / 32% 

>■ % passing Gr. 10 MCAS in 
1999 & 2000: 
Reading 18%/ 12% Math 2% / 2% 

Madison Park Academies: 

Allied Health and Human Services 
Academy 

Ron Bayless, Dean 

© 635-8976 

Baking, Biotechnology, Childcare, 

Cosmetology, Dental Assistant, Food 

Service, Hotel/Hospitality, Medical 

Assistant, Nursing Assistant 

High Tech Academy 

Pamela Fuller, Dean 
® 635-8962 

Commercial Design, Financial Services 
& Entrepreneurship, Fundamentals of 
Networking, Information Processing, 
Legal Office, Medical Secretary, 
Microsoft User Specialist, Printing, TV 
Production, Web Design 

Construction, Design & 
Transportation Academy 

Agapito Feliciano, Dean 
® 635-8968 

Automobile Technician, Autobody, 
Carpentry, Electricity, Electronics, 
Facilities Management, Heating- 
Ventilation-Air Conditioning, Small 
Marine Engine, Sheet Metal 

Pre-Academy Division 

Keimeth Nichols, 
Senior Program Director 
® 635-8964 

The first year provides the solid 
academic preparation needed to succeed 
in one of the 28 career programs, and 
provides transition services for students 
performing below grade level. Students 
also explore the vocational and technical 
areas before choosing a career program. 



Roland Hayes Division of Music 

Greg Gazzola, Program Director 
© 635-8973 

A comprehensive music program 
offering a variety of courses and 
ensembles from introductory to 
advanced level, plus daily academic 
instruction in the humanities, math and 
science. The program: 

• does not require an audition 

• has on-site facilities available for 
before and after school practice 

• provides all instruments, equipment 
and materials free. 

Muriel Snowden International 
School 

150 Newbury Street, 

Copley Square 02116 

Gloria J. Coulter, Headmaster 

© 617-635-9989 Hours: 7:25-1:45 

Special features: 

• Schoolwide focus on World Languages 
and International Studies: All students 
must complete four years of a world 
language (French, Japanese, 
Mandarin, Spanish) and assignment 
to the school will be made on the basis 
of language selected 

• Rigorous college preparatory program 

• Campus high school housed in three 
buildings around Copley Square, and 
uses nearby community resources such 
as the Boston Public Library and YWCA 
gymnasium 

• Strongly recommends that students and 
parents attend one of our orientation 
sessions to learn about Snowden's 
mission and program requirements: Call 
for details 

• Courses in theater, art and documentary 
film 

• Requires students to participate in 
cultural field trips and international 
events 

• Opportunities for students to travel to 
other parts of the United States and to 
other countries 

• Partnerships with Fletcher School of 
Law and Diplomacy, Bentley College, 
Freedom House, Newbury Street 
League, and Suffolk University 

• Internships in business, educational, 
cultural, and medical settings 

• Opportunity for students to enroll in 
courses at local universities 



• Extracurricular activities such as 
athletics, student government, and 
Model United Nations. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 66% / 73% Math 47% / 56% 

> % passing Gr. 10 MCAS in 
1999 & 2000: 

Reading 51%/ 52% Math 1 0% / 26% 

South Boston High School 

95 G Street, South Boston 02127 
Thomas Pilleri, Chief Administrative 
Officer 

© 617-635-9857 Hours: 7:25-1:45 

Special features: 

• Fully accredited by the New England 
Association of Schools & Colleges 

• Newly restructured into four Small 
Learning Communities, each with its 
own principal and teachers: 9* Grade & 
Transition Services, Science & Health, 
Business & Technology, and Law, 
Government & Public Service 

• Strong academic programs: ProTech 
environmental and financial studies, 
school-to-career, tutoring, and Urban 
Scholars 

• Admissions Guaranteed Program with 
UMass for qualified students 

• Strong sports program for boys and girls 

• Student award ceremonies, dance, and 
JROTC 

• Active partnerships with Federal 
Reserve Bank, Gillette, UMass Boston, 
and the Private Industry Council 

• Summer programs at Outward Bound 
and UMass; and an excellent summer 
jobs program 

• New computers and Internet access in 
the library, and looks forward to opening 
a new library media center 

• Calculus classes from UMass using 
interactive video. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 59% / 53% Math 25% / 26% 

> % passing Gr. 10 MCAS in 
1999 & 2000: 

Reading 1 8% / 1 8% Math 6% / 2 1 % 



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BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS 



West Roxbury High School 

1205 VFW Parkway, 

West Roxbury 02132 

Donald Pellegrini, Headmaster 

® 617-635-8917 Hours: 7:20-1:40 

Special features: 

• Comprehensive college preparatory 
program, including physics, 
trigonometry, calculus, chemistry, 
computer science, Spanish, Advanced 
Placement Spanish, French, and Greek 

• Three School-to-Career pathways: 
Agribusiness/Environmental Studies, 
Media and Communications 
Technology, and TeachBoston 

• Internet connections and advanced 
technology in all classrooms 

• Fully accredited by the New England 
Association of Schools and Colleges, 
who commended us for the dedication of 
our teachers and administrators to their 
students, and for the loyalty of the 
students to the school 

• Many clubs and activities: Navy 
JROTC, choir, chess, Reading Raiders, 
ethnic culture clubs, peer tutors, honors 
program. Math Club, and Future 
Educators of America 

• Career & College Resource Center that 
provides post-secondary opportunities 
for students; and offers the possibility of 
fiill college scholarships for qualified 
students through Boston College's 
College Bound program 

• Winning sports program, with football, 
basketball, soccer, tennis, swimming, 
track, golf, hockey, and more 

• Outstanding record of college 
admissions: Westie graduates have gone 
to Harvard, Wellesley, Dartmouth, MIT, 
Boston College, Brown, Bowdoin, 
Bates, Georgetown, and UPenn 

• Partnerships with Boston College, Mt. 
Ida College, Boston Gas, Fleet Bank, 
Camp Dresser & McKee, and WHDH- 
TV 

• Specialist from the Private Industry 
Council who helps place students in 
part-time, fiill-time, and summer jobs, 
community service, and school-to-career 
programs. 

>• % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 52% / 62% Math 1 7% / 33% 

>■ % passing Gr. 10 MCAS in 
1999 & 2000: 
Reading 29% / 3 1 % Math 7% / 1 9% 



High Schools 
with Special 
Admissions 



The following 1 1 high schools have special 
requirements for admission and are not 
listed on the High School Application 
Form. For example, the school might 
require an interview or presentation of a 
portfolio. The three exam schools admit 
students based on grade point average and 
scores on an entrance examination. Call 
any Parent Information Center or the 
schools for details. 



TEST RESULTS 

Following each school's "special features," 
you will find 1999 and 2000 schoolwide 
results for the Stanford 9 and Mass. 
Comprehensive Assessment System 
(MCAS) reading and math tests. 

Stanford 9. "% passing" means the 
percentage of students who scored at Level 
2 (partial mastery), Level 3 (solid 
performance/ready for next grade) and 
Level 4 (superior/above grade level). 
Secondary school students take the 
Stanford 9 reading and math tests in grades 
6-9 and 11. 

MCAS. "% passing" means the percentage 
of students who scored at Level 2 (needs 
improvement). Level 3 (proficient), and 
Level 4 (advanced). The MCAS is given in 
grades 4, 8 and 10. 



Another Course to College 

989 Commonwealth Ave., Boston 02215 

Marilyn Corsini, Program Director 

® 617-635-8865 Hours: 7:35-1:55 

Special features: 

• Special admission process: Call the 
school or any Parent Information Center 
for details 

• A 25-year history of academic 
excellence 

• College preparatory program for grades 
11 and 12 



• College courses at UMass Boston and 
Harvard Extension Program 

• Excellent college admissions record: we 
are proud that 90%i of our students enter 
the college of their choice. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 85% / 93% Math 33% / 58% 

> MCAS: No grade 10 

Boston Adult Technical Academy 

55 New Dudley St./Malcolm X Blvd., 

Roxbury MA 02120 

Lewis Gitelman, Program Director 

© 617-635-1540 Hours: 2:30-8:30 PM 

Special features: 

• An alternative program for older 
students, ages 20-22: Please contact the 
school for details about our special 
admission process 

• Open in the afternoon and early evening 

• Grants a Boston Public Schools diploma 

• Full academic program in English 
language arts, math, science, and social 
studies 

• Language services and English as a 
Second Language instruction for students 
whose first language is not English 

• Career and counseling services 

• Dual enrollment option in Community 
College, and an internship program for 
real-life, hands-on experience. 

Boston Arts Academy 

174 Ipswich St., Boston 02215 

Linda Nathan, Headmaster 

® 617-635-6470 Hours: 8:15-3:55 

Special features: 

• A collaborative project of the Boston 
Public Schools and the Professional Arts 
Consortium: Berklee College of Music, 
Boston Architectural Center, the Boston 
Conservatory, Emerson College, Mass. 
College of Art, and the School of the 
Museum of Fine Arts 

• High-level training for students in the 
visual and performing arts in the context 
of a college preparatory education 

• Opportunity to concentrate in dance, 
music, theater, or visual arts, as they 
study humanities, math, writing, science, 
and world languages 

• Opportunities to study with working 
artists in many disciplines 

• Special application form and 
admission process, including a written 
application and a performance or 
presentation component 



SCHOOLS WITH SPECIAL APMIS&ft 



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• Application deadline for interested 
students now in grades 8 and 9 is 
January 18: Write or call the office 
listed above. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 75% / 7 1 % Math 29% / 40% 

> % passing Gr. 10 MCAS in 
1999 & 2000: 

Reading 37% / 53% Math 1 7% / 22% 

Boston Evening Academy 

989 Commonwealth Ave., Boston 02215 
Ferdinand Fuentes, Executive Director 
Margaret Maccini, Associate Director 
® 617-635-6789 or Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 
923-2200 4:30-8:30 p.m. 

Special fea tures : 

• A Horace Mann Charter School, free of 
many BPS and teachers' union rules 

• Alternative but rigorous high school 
curriculum in a college campus 
environment for students who, for a 
variety of reasons, have not experienced 
success in other schools 

• Awards a high school diploma 

• Competency-based and project-based 
learning emphasizing skill development 

• Smaller student-teacher ratios, health 
care, and counseling 

• School-to-work program 

• Evening classes, Monday through 
Thursday, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.; the school 
is open from 1-8:30 p.m., Mon.-Thurs. 
and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays 

• Special admission process: Call our 
recruitment office, 617-423-2200 x 314, 
or any Parent Information Center for 
details 

• Support for strong home-school 
connections as the key to student 
success 

• Emphasis on the student's personal 
responsibility to work hard. 

>■ Stanford 9: Not given. 

>► % passing Gr. 10 MCAS in 1999: 

Reading 15% Math 7% 

No scores reported in 2000. 



Boston Latin Academy 

205 Townsend St., Dorchester 02121 
Maria Garcia-Aaronson, Headmaster 
® 617-635-9957 Hours: 7:20-1 :40 

Special features: 

• Examination school with a special 
admission process: Students are 
admitted to grades 7 and 9 based on test 
scores and grade point average 

• Classical liberal arts preparatory school 

• High standards of academic excellence 
in a nurturing environment 

• Outstanding record for college 
placement 

• Dedicated faculty who challenge and 
encourage students 

• Honors and Advanced Placement 
courses 

• Wide range of extracurricular clubs and 
organizations 

• Exemplary peer tutoring program 

• Supportive and active parent council, an 
involved alumni association, and a 
Boston Latin Academy/Girls' Latin 
School Foundation 

• Active participant in the state and 
national Junior Classical League (Latin 
language competition) 

• Partnerships with Regis College and 
IBM/Lotus 

• Many scholarship endowments. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 

Reading 99% / 99% Math 92% / 93% 
>► % passing Gr. 8 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 

Reading 99% / 1 00% Math 91%/ 95% 
>► % passing Gr. 10 MCAS in 

1999 & 2000: 

Reading 91%/ 97% Math 79% / 96% 

Boston Latin School 

78 Ave. Louis Pasteur, Boston 02115 
Cornelia A. Kelley, Headmaster 

© 617-635-8895 Hours: 7:45-2:15 

Special features: 

• An examination school with a special 
admission process: Students are 
admitted to grades 7 and 9 based on test 
scores and grade point average 

• The oldest public school in the US, 
founded in 1635 

• College preparatory school which fosters 
the pursuit of excellence through a 
rigorous academic program in the 
classical tradition 

• Interdisciplinary and thematic 
curriculum opportunities 



• Honors and Advanced Placement 
courses in 17 different subjects 

• Dedicated and committed faculty 

• Linkages with the arts, science, medical, 
and business communities 

• Outstanding record of college 
acceptances: 98% 

• Extensive extracurricular and athletic 
opportunities for all students, and an 
extensive range of musical opportunities, 
both vocal and instrumental 

• Very high level of parent commitment 
and involvement, and tremendously 
supportive alumni association 

• Recognized at the national level as an 
outstanding school. 

>■ % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 100%/100% Math 97%/98% 

> % passing Gr. 8 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 100% / 99% Math 100%/ 98% 

> % passing Gr. 10 MCAS in 
1999 & 2000: 

Reading 99% / 99% Math 96% / 98% 

The Fenway High School 

174 Ipswich St., Boston 02215 

Larry Myatt, Director 

® 617-635-9911 Hours: 8:45-3:30 

Special features: 

• A BPS "pilot" school; one rigorous 
academic track for all students 

• Member and exemplar school of the 
Coalition of Essential Schools and the 
Center for Collaborative Education- 
Metro Boston 

• Special admission process: Call the 
school for details; begins with visits and 
open house in January 

• Excellent college admissions results: 
80-90% of graduates consistently go on 
to higher education 

• Named a New American High School by 
the U. S. Dept. of Education 

• Award-winning school-to-career 
program that collaborates with CVS 
Pharmacies, the Museum of Science, 
Dana Farber, and other institutions 

• Teacher training site for Harvard and 
Tufts universities and Simmons College 

• Use of portfolios, projects and 
exhibitions to assess students and to 
award diploma 

• Strong advisory program for all students 

• Learning Center during and after school 
to help all students excel. 

>- % passing Stanford 9 in 2000: 
Reading 8 1 % Math 28% 

1 999 scores not available. 



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> % passing Gr. 10 MCAS in 
1999 & 2000: 
Reading 43% / 39% Math 14% / 16% 

Greater Egleston Community High 
SGhool 

3134 Washington St., 

Jamaica Plain 02130 

Beatriz M. Zapater, Principal 

® 617-635-6429 Hours: 9:00-3:15 

Special features: 

• A pilot school for 1 6-2 1 year old 
students, created by the community, in 
the community, and for the community 

• "Hands-on," project-based curriculum 
places according to skill level 

• Students do internships, community 
action projects, and take college courses 
before graduation. 

• Use of portfolio and exhibition to 
assesses and graduate students 

• Sports and recreation in collaboration 
with Jamaica Plain Community Centers 
and the Egleston YMCA 

• Support services for all students, 
through ESAC, Inc., Project Adventure, 
PIC, RoxComp, and Egleston Square 
Coalition; partnered with local colleges, 
training, and cultural institutions 

• Facilities open until 9 p.m. offering 
GED classes, and computer/technology 
training for students' families 

• Call the school for information about the 
admission process. 

>► % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 50% / 64% Math 33% / 1 7% 

>• % passing Gr. 10 MCAS in 1999: 
Reading 7% / Math 0% 

Scores not reported for 2000. 

Health Careers Academy 

MAIN OFFICE: 

360 Huntington Ave., 

502A Hayden Hall, Boston 02115 

Peggy Pickering, Director 

(© 617-373-8576 

CLASSROOMS: 

Cahners Hall, 110 The Fenway 

Hours: 7:25-2:30 

Special features: 

• Small high school serving students who 
are interested in exploring careers in 
health care 

• Located on the campus of Northeastern 
University, with access to university 
resources for staff and students. 



including state-of-the-art libraries, 
computers, science laboratories, art 
studios, and gymnasiums 

• One of only two Horace Mann Charter 
Schools in Boston, selected by the Mass. 
Dept. of Education to test new 
approaches to education 

• Rigorous academic curriculum to 
prepare all students for higher education 

• Information about health and health 
careers integrated into academic classes 

• Lots of individual guidance and support 
for students about academic, personal 
and social issues 

• After-school internships to expose 
students to the real world of health care 
in hospitals, health centers, nursing 
homes and HMOs 

• After-school student leadership 
activities, clubs, and cultural 
exploration 

• Admission by lottery after student 
submits a complete written 
application with recommendations: 
call the school or any Parent Information 
Center for details 

• Collaboration with the Center for 
Community Health Education, Research, 
and Service (CCHERS) at Northeastern 
University. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 77% / 7 1 % Math 22% / 36% 

> % passing Gr. 10 MCAS in 1999: 
Reading 61% Math 33% 
Scores not reported for 2000. 

New IVIission High School 

67 Alleghany Street, Roxbury 02120 
David Perrigo, Program Director 
(D 617-635-6437 Hours: 7:55-2:50 

Wednesdays: 7:55-12:30 

Special features: 

• Special admission process: Call the 
school or any Parent Information Center 
for details 

• seeks to provide an intellectually 
rigorous education in a small, 
supportive, personalized learning 
environment 

• College preparatory program in a non- 
traditional setting 

• Project- and inquiry-based teaching: 
students learn the humanities, science, 
math, and the arts by investigating the 
world around them 

• Organization in Advisory Learning 
Teams: Small groups of students meet 



daily with an advisor over the course of 
several years 

• Portfolios (collections of student work) 
used to evaluates student achievement 

• Promotion based on ability: we do not 
adhere to a traditional grade 9- 1 2 
structure 

• Community learning projects in the 
outside world 

• Option for last-year students to take 
courses at Northeastern University and 
Roxbury Community College 

• Demonstration of competency required 
for graduation. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 69% / 52% Math 1 6% /1 6% 

> % passing Gr. 10 MCAS in 
1999 & 2000: 

Reading 3 1 % / 2 1 % Math 9% / 1 3% 

O'Bryant School of Mathematics 
and Science 

55 New Dudley Street/Malcolm X Blvd., 

Roxbury 02120 

Gustave Anglin, Headmaster 

© 617-635-9932 Hours: 7:20-1:40 

Special features: 

• An examination school: Students are 
admitted to grades 7, 9, and 10 based on 
test score and grade point average 

• Preparation for college, advanced 
learning, and a highly skilled career for 
every student 

• Challenging core curriculum, with 
emphasis on science and mathematics 

• School-to-career program 

• Small Learning Community in grade 9 

• High acceptance rate to universities and 
colleges, and offers many scholarships 

• On-site health clinic 

• After school activities: sports, tutoring 
in all subjects, and a science and math 
program with Northeastern University 

• Many clubs and activities, including a 
school newspaper and literary magazine, 
community service, mentoring and peer 
tutoring, Mass PEP pre-engineering 
program. National Honor Society, 
drama, cheerleaders, chorus, and more 

• Partnerships with Boston Edison, 
NSTAR, the Kennedy Library, and 
many local colleges and universities 

• Award-winning Navy JROTC unit. 

> % passing Stanford 9 in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 92% / 94% Math 83% / 85% 



HIGH SCHOOLS WITH SPECIAL iUOiyilSSIOIIS 



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> % passing Gr. 8 MCAS in 1999 & 2000: 
Reading 98% / 99% Math 83% / 79% 

> % passing Gr. 10 MCAS in 
1999 & 2000: 

Reading 8 1 % / 8 1 % Math 65% / 75% 



Special 

Education 

Sclioois 



These schools cannot be chosen through the 
regular assignment process. Students must 
be referred through a Special Education 
Evaluation Team meeting. 

William Carter School 

396 Northampton Street, Boston 02118 

Roger Mazur, Program Director 

® 617-635-9832 Hours: 9:30-3:30 

Special features: 

• Located behind Northeastern University 
at the Mass. Ave. Orange Line station 

• Comprehensive educational program for 
about 20 students with severe and 
profound disabilities, with a ratio of one 
staff member for every two students 

• Program for each student to meet all of 
his or her specific individuals needs, 
determined at an annual lEP meeting 

• Full-time nurse, and ongoing family 
support services coordinated by a 
bilingual social worker and teacher- 
home liaison 

• Music therapy, physical therapy, 
behavioral programming, vision and 
mobility training, occupational therapy, 
and medical equipment supplies 

• Swimming at Northeastern University, 
MBTA travel skills, and trips to the 



Museum of Fine Arts, Symphony Hall, 
local regular education schools, and 
vocational work experience in the 
community. 

Horace Mann School for the Deaf 
and Hard of Hearing 

40 Armington Street, Allston 02134 
Patrice DLNatale, Principal 
® 617-635-8534 (V, TTY) 
Hours: 7:20-1:40 

Special features: 

• Serves 125 deaf and hard of hearing 
students in Early Childhood-grade 12 

• Recognized by state, local, and private 
agencies for excellence in deaf 
education, from Early Childhood- 
grade 12 

• Full evaluation and support services to 
students and families 

• Very active partnerships with TERI and 
Spaulding, which provide advice, 
fundraising, computers, mentors, and job 
placement 

• Partnerships with Boston University and 
Gallaudet University, which provide 
expertise in deaf education, student 
teachers, workshops, consultation, and 
research assistance 

• State-of-the-art library/media center, 
"Quick Caption" multimedia center at 
the middle school level, a Literacy Lab 
at the elementary level, and a 
sophisticated math/science and 
technology program for all students 

• After school tutoring for grades 6-12, a 
summer tutoring and job training 
program for grades 6-12, and a summer 
day camp program for Early Childhood- 
grade 5. 



McKinley Schools 

Bonnie Miller, 

Senior Program Director 

® 617-635-9986 



McKinley Elementary 

Christine Stella, Program Director 
©617-635-9978 Hours: 9:25-3:25 

McKinley Middle 

Joseph Brown, Program Director 

® 617-635-9853 Hours: 9:25-3:35 

McKinley Technical High 

Christine Stella, Program Director 
©617-635-9976 Hours: 7:20-1:40 

McKinley Vocational High 

Joseph Brown, Program Director 

© 617-635-9907 Hours: 7:20-1:40 

Special features: 

• Four schools in one — Elementary, 
Middle, Vocational High, and Technical 
High — ^plus three satellite programs 

• Services for 450 students in 
Kindergarten-grade 12 with serious 
emotional, behavioral, and learning 
needs 

• Therapeutic supports, including 
individual and group counseling, 
individual and family therapy, and 
psychiatric consultation 

• Highly structured behavior management 
system 

• Instrumental Enrichment, a program to 
improve students' cognitive ftmctioning 

• Variety of literacy programs, targeted at 
individual student needs 

• Full range of academic programs, 
including college preparatory courses 

• Vocational programs, including 
business, building trades, electronics/ 
electricity, and food services 

• Collaboration with Madison Park 
Technical Vocational High School for 
varsity team sports 

• Unusual and creative programs, such as 
entrepreneurship, boat building, and 
soap box derby. ■ 



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BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS 



2001- 
2002 
School 
Hours 

Hours listed here are 
subject to minor changes 
of 5-10 minutes. 
* Significant change in 
hours from 2000/01 . 

HIGH SCHOOLS 

ACC 7:35-1:55 

Boston Adult 

Tech. Academy. 2:30-8:30 

Boston Arts 

Academy 8:15-3:55 

Boston Evening 
Academy 

Mon.-Thurs 4:00-8:30 

Boston High 7:25-1:45 

Boston Latin 

Academy 7:20-1:40 

Boston Latin 

School 7:45-2:15 

Brighton 7:25-1:45 

Burke HS 7:30-1:55 

Charlestown 7:20-1:40 

Dorchester 7:25-1:45 

East Boston 7:20-1:40 

English 7:25-1:45 

Fenway 8:45-3:30 

Greater Egleston 

Community 9:00-3:15 

Health Careers 

Academy 7:25-2:30 

Hyde Park 7:20-1:40 

Madison Park 

Tech. Voc 7:25-1:45 

New Mission 7:55-2:50 

O'Bryant 7:20-1:40 

Snowden 7:25-1:45 

South Boston ... 7:25-1:45 
W. Roxbury 7:20-1:40 



EAST ZONE 

Elementary Schools 

Channing * 8:30-2:30 

Chittick* 8:30-2:30 

Clap* 9:20-3:20 

Condon * 8:30-2:30 

Dever* 9:20-3:20 

East Zone ELC . 7:30-6:00 

Endicott* 9:25-3:25 

Everett * 9:20-3:20 

Fifield * 9:25-3:25 

E. Greenwood * 9:20-3:20 
S. Greenwood 

(K-8) 9:20-3:20 

Grew 8:30-2:30 

Holland 8:25-2:25 

Holmes* 9:25-3:25 

Kenny* 9:25-3:25 

Lee 9:25-3:25 

Marshall 9:20-3:20 

Mather* 9:25-3:35 

Mattahunt* 8:30-2:30 

Mattapan EEC. 7:30-5:00 

Murphy* 8:30-2:30 

O'Hearn 8:35-2:35 

Perkins* 9:25-3:25 

Perry* 9:20-3:20 

Roosevelt* 8:30-2:30 

Russell * 8:30-2:30 

PA. Shaw* 9:20-3:20 

Stone* 9:25-3:25 

Taylor 8:35-2:35 

Tynan * 8:30-2:30 

Middle Schools 

Cleveland 7:20-1:30 

Gavin 7:20-1:30 

Harbor 7:55-3:35 

Wed 7:55-12:30 

Lewenberg 7:20-1:30 

McCormack 7:20-1:30 

Rogers 7:20-1:30 

Thompson 7:20-1:30 

Wilson 7:20-1:30 



NORTH ZONE 

Elementary Schools 

Adams 9:15-3:15 

Alighieri* 9:15-3:15 

Baldwin* 9:15-3:15 

Blackstone * .... 8:25-2:25 

Bradley 9:20-3:20 

East Boston 

EEC 7:30-6:00 

Eliot* 9:25-3:25 

Emerson 9:20-3:20 

Farragut* 9:20-3:20 

Gardner* 8:30-2:30 

Garfield* 9:25-3:25 

Guild 8:25-2:25 

Hamilton* 8:30-2:30 

Harvard/Kent * . 9:25-3:25 

Hurley* 8:30-2:30 

Jackson/Mann .. 7:30-1:30 
P. J. Kennedy * 9:20-3:20 

Lyon (K-8) 9:20-3:20 

Surround Care 7:1 5-5:00 

Mason* 8:30-2:30 

McKay (K-8) * .. 8:25-2:25 
North Zone 

ELC 7:30-6:00 

O'Donnell * 9:25-3:25 

Otis* 8:30-2:30 

Quincy* 9:25-3:25 

Tobin (K-8) * .... 9:25-3:25 
Warren/ 

Prescott* 8:30-2:30 

Winship* 9:20-3:20 

Winthrop 9:25-3:25 

Middle Schools 

Dearborn: 
Mon.-Thurs. ... 7:30-3:20 

Friday 7:30-12:40 

Edison 7:20-1:30 

Edwards 7:20-1:30 

Quincy Upper: 

Mon.-Thurs 8:25-4:30 

Friday 8:25-3:25 

Taft 7:20-1:30 

Umana/Barnes . 7:20-1:30 



WEST ZONE 




Elementary Schools 


Agassiz 


. 9:20-3:20 


Bates * 


. 9:25-3:25 


Beethoven 


. 9:25-3:25 


Blue Hill 




Avenue EEC... 


. 7:30-6:00 


Conley* 


. 8:30-2:30 


J. Curley 


. 8:35-2:35 


Dickerman *.... 


. 9:25-3:25 


Ellis 


. 9:20-3:20 


Fuller* 


. 9:15-3:15 


Hale 


. 8:30-2:30 


Haley* 


. 8:30-2:30 


Hennigan * 


. 8:30-2:30 


Higginson * 


. 9:25-3:25 


J. F Kennedy * 


8:25-2:25 


Kilmer* 


. 9:15-3:15 


Lyndon (K-3) * 


. 9:25-3:25 


Annex (4-8) * 


.9:15-3:15 


Manning * 


. 9:25-3:25 


Mendel! * 


. 9:25-3:25 


Mozart * 


. 8:30-2:30 


Ohrenberger * 


. 8:30-2:30 


Philbrick* 


.9:15-3:15 


Sumner* 


. 9:25-3:25 


Trotter 


. 8:30-2:30 


West Zone 




ELC 


. 7:30-6:00 


Middle Schools 




M. Curley 


. 7:25-1 


35 


Irving 


. 7:20-1 


30 


Lewis 


. 7:20-1 


30 


R. G. Shaw 


. 7:20-1 


30 


Wheatley 


. 7:20-1 


30 


CITYWIDE 




SCHOOLS 




Hernandez 




(K-8) * 


8-30-2-30 


King (6-8) 


.7:20-1:30 


Mission Hill 




(K-8) 


. 8:30-2:30 


Timilty (6-8): 




Mon.-Thurs... 


. 7:35-3:20 


Friday 


7:35-12:40 


Young Achievers 


(K-8) 


. 9:30-5 


30 



How 



When 



Where 



If you are registering 
for the Boston Public 
Schools for the first time, 

you must go to a Parent 
Information Center. Please 
bring: 

* Two recent preprinted 
proofs of address: a 
driver's license, utility 
bills, Medicare or 
Medicaid card, Boston 
Housing Authority 
lease, etc. 

* Up-to-date immuniza- 
tion records. 

* Your child's original 
birth certificate or 
passport if you are 
registering for 
Kindergarten or 
Grade 1. 

If your child already 
attends a Boston Public 
School, you will get an 
application from your 
child's school. 




KINDERGARTEN AND 
GRADES 1,6 AND 9: 

First Application Period 
& Transfers: 
January 8- 
February 2, 2001 

Assignments issued: 
Week of March 5 

Late Applications: 
February 5- 
March 9, 2001 

Assignments issued: 
Week of April 2 

GRADES 2-5, 7-8, 10-12: 

New Registrations 
& Transfers: 
February 5- 
March 9, 2001 

Assignments issued: 
Week of April 2 

APPLICATIONS 
PROCESSED MONTHLY: 
March 12-June 30, 
2001 



Dates subject to minor 
changes. Call any Parent 
Information Center for 
current dates. 



FOCUS 

On Children 

Boston Public Schools 



Visit our Citywide 

Showcase of Schools 

Wednesday, January 10, 2001 

Bayside Expo Center, 

Dorchester 

5:30 to 8:30 p.m. 



Go to any Parent 
Information Center. 

Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., 
Monday through Friday during 
the school year; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 
during school vacations (North 
Zone until 5 p.m.). 
>► CALL 635-9660 TO ASK 
ABOUT SUMMER HOURS. 

EAST ZONE PARENT CENTER 
©635-8015 

at the Campbell Resource Center 

1216 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester 

(behind Burger King) 

Help in English, Spanish and 

Vietnamese 

NORTH ZONE PARENT CENTER 
©635-9010 

at the School Dept. Main Office 
26 Court Street, 4th floor, Boston 
(near State Street MBTA station) 
Help in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, 
Toishanese and Spanish 

WEST ZONE PARENT CENTER 
© 635-8040 

at the Jennie Barron Building 
515 Hyde Park Avenue, Roslindale 
(near Cummins Highway) 
Help in English and Spanish 

MULTILINGUAL COMMUNICATION & 
PLACEMENT CENTER 
® 635-6547 

at the Madison Park Complex 
55 New Dudley Street, Roxbury 
(near Roxbury Crossing MBTA station) 
Help in Chinese, French, Haitian 
Creole, Cape Verdean Creole, English, 
Greek, Portuguese, Somali, Spanish, 
Vietnamese